The Digital Hand, Volume 2: How Computers Changed the Work of American Financial, Telecommunications, Media, and Entertainment Industries

The Digital Hand, Volume 2: How Computers Changed the Work of American Financial, Telecommunications, Media, and Entertainment Industries

James W. Cortada


The electronic Hand, quantity 2, is a historic survey of the way pcs and telecommunications were deployed in over a dozen industries within the monetary, telecommunications, media and leisure sectors over the last part century. it really is earlier of a sweeping three-volume description of ways administration in a few 40 industries embraced the pc and altered the yankee economic climate. desktops have essentially replaced the character of labor in the United States. but it is hard to understand the total volume of those adjustments and their implications for the way forward for enterprise. to start the lengthy technique of knowing the results of computing in American company, we have to understand the heritage of ways pcs have been first used, by means of whom and why. during this, the second one quantity of The electronic Hand, James W. Cortada combines exact research with narrative historical past to supply a large assessment of computing's and telecomunications' function in over a dozen industries, starting from outdated economic system sectors like finance and publishing to New financial system sectors like electronic images and games. He additionally devotes huge realization to the speedily altering media and leisure industries that are now the most technologically complex within the American economic climate. starting in 1950, whilst advertisement functions of electronic know-how started to appear, Cortada examines the methods diversified industries followed new applied sciences, in addition to the methods their cutting edge functions prompted different industries and the USA financial system as an entire. He builds at the surveys provided within the first quantity of the sequence, which tested 16 production, method, transportation, wholesale and retail industries. as well as this account, of computers' influence on industries, Cortada additionally demonstrates how industries themselves stimulated the character of electronic know-how. Managers, historians and others drawn to the background of contemporary company will delight in this ancient research of electronic technology's many jobs and destiny percentages in an good selection of industries. The Digital Hand presents a close photograph of what the infrastructure of the data Age particularly seems like and the way we bought there.

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