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Making the Information Society : Experience, Consequences, and Possibilities
     

Making the Information Society : Experience, Consequences, and Possibilities

by James W. Cortada
 

The phrase "Information Age" obscures a transformation in society with deeper roots—and deeper meaning—than even its most fevered advocates recognize. In Making the Information Society, Dr. James Cortada demonstrates how the values and behavior of the information age are firmly rooted in hundreds of years of Western culture. Then, as never before

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The phrase "Information Age" obscures a transformation in society with deeper roots—and deeper meaning—than even its most fevered advocates recognize. In Making the Information Society, Dr. James Cortada demonstrates how the values and behavior of the information age are firmly rooted in hundreds of years of Western culture. Then, as never before, Cortada illuminates the complex chain of experiences, consequences, and new possibilities that made the information age a reality—and continue to drive it forward today.

* Since the Pilgrims: An information culture
From broadsides to broadcasts, from the telegraph to the Internet, nothing is more American than information
* Information and democracy
How the information revolution may flow naturally from respect for the rights of individuals, free speech, and a love of law and democracy
* Work, play, and faith
How Americans are learning to leverage information technology in every significant aspect of their lives
* The role of technology
How technological developments shape the possibilities for using information
* The future of information
What next for the information revolution?

If Alexis de Tocqueville were writing about America in the information age, this is the book he'd write. In Making the Information Society, Dr. James Cortada offers profound new perspective on the meaning of the information age in American society.

Cortada is uniquely positioned to write this book: he is both a leading authority on the historyconsultant to leading corporations. In Making the Information Society, he steps back from the hurly-burly of the Internet, current technological advance, and stock market churn, viewing the broad sweep of change related to information technology, and the unparalleled impact of information on American society. Cortada takes on questions like:

  • Why did the information revolution take root in America first?
  • Why have Americans been uniquely receptive to the promises of information technology?
  • How is American creativity leveraging information technology in every slice of life, from work to play to religion?
  • What's likely to happen next, as the information age continues to evolve at breakneck speed?

Cortada's observations about the realities of information technology are grounded firmly in American culture, and his look into the future offers thought-provoking reading for anyone who wants to make sense of the information revolution—a revolution that's far from finished.

"James Cortada has written a landmark account of the role of information in the United States that has lessons and insights for all societies. His historical approach illuminates what's happening in the Information Age and provides a perspective for dealing with future developments. It has certain appeal to anyone interested in communications, business, and technology."

— Edward Wakin, Ph.D., Fordham University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130659064
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
09/12/2001
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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