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Social Life of Information / Edition 1
     

Social Life of Information / Edition 1

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by John Seely Brown, Paul Duguid
 

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ISBN-10: 1578517087

ISBN-13: 9781578517084

Pub. Date: 04/10/2002

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

For years pundits have predicted that information technology will obliterate the need for almost everything--from travel to supermarkets to business organizations to social life itself. Individual users, however, tend to be more skeptical. Beaten down by info-glut and exasperated by computer systems fraught with software crashes, viruses, and unintelligible error

Overview

For years pundits have predicted that information technology will obliterate the need for almost everything--from travel to supermarkets to business organizations to social life itself. Individual users, however, tend to be more skeptical. Beaten down by info-glut and exasperated by computer systems fraught with software crashes, viruses, and unintelligible error messages, they find it hard to get a fix on the true potential of the digital revolution.

John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid help us to see through frenzied visions of the future to the real forces for change in society. They argue that the gap between digerati hype and enduser gloom is largely due to the "tunnel vision" that information-driven technologies breed. We've become so focused on where we think we ought to be--a place where technology empowers individuals and obliterates social organizations--that we often fail to see where we're really going and what's helping us get there. We need, they argue, to look beyond our obsession with information and individuals to include the critical social networks of which these are always a part.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578517084
Publisher:
Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date:
04/10/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
5.45(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Tunneling Ahead1
1Limits to Information11
2Agents and Angels35
3Home Alone63
4Practice Makes Process91
5Learning--in Theory and in Practice117
6Innovating Organization, Husbanding Knowledge147
7Reading the Background173
8Re-education207
Afterword: Beyond Information243
Notes253
Bibliography289
Index307
About the Authors319

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