The Soft Edge: A Natural History and Future of the Information Revolution

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Psychology Press, 1998 - 257 страници
The Soft Edge is a one-of-a-kind history of the information revolution. In his lucid and direct style, Paul Levinson, historian and philosopher of media and communications, gives us more than just a history of information technologies. The Soft Edge is a book about theories on the evolution of technology, the effects that human choice has on this (r)evolution, and what's in store for us in the future.
Boldly extending and deepening the pathways blazed by McLuhan, Paul Levinson has provided us with a brilliant and exciting study of life with our old media, our new media, and the media still to come.
 

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THE SOFT EDGE: A Natural History and Future of the Information Revolution

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The ``soft edge'' of the title refers to the intangibles surrounding technology's impact on society. The second half of this overview of the development of information techonology gets mired down in ... Прочетете пълната рецензия

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INTRODUICTION
1
THE FIRST DIGITAL MEDIUIM
11
THE PRINTED AUTHORSHIP OF THE MODERN WORLD
21
THE AGE OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE AGELESS IMAGE
37
TELEPHONE
59
ELECTRICITY
69
RADIO
78
SUIRVIVAL OF THE MEDIA FIT
91
THE OPEN WEB AND ITS ENEMIES
148
TWENTIETHCENTUIRY SCREENS
162
PAPER FUITUIRES
174
ELECTRONICWATERMARKS
187
still need to eat
198
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN REAL LIFE
205
YOUI CANTTOUICH THAT IN CYBERSPACE
222
Bibliography
233

REMEDIAL MEDIA
104
THE ONLINE AUTHOR AS PUIBLISHER
125
HYPERTEXT AND AUTHORREADER INVERSIONS
136

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