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Information revolutions in the history of the West

Author: Leonard Dudley
Publisher: Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, Mass. : Edward Elgar, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book presents evidence of an overall pattern generated by radical changes in media, arguing that the major social revolutions in the West have been preceded by innovations that drastically alter the relative importance of informational scale economies (the impact of production volume on unit cost) and network effects (the gain to each member of a network when a new agent joins). Dudley contends that an
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Leonard Dudley
ISBN: 9781847207906 1847207901
OCLC Number: 226976047
Description: xi, 347 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface Introduction Part I: The Contractual Revolution 1. Words and the Man 2. The Ring of Cities Part II: The Consensual Revolution 3. The Counter-Attack of the Clones 4. King, Lords and Commons Part III: The Preemptive Revolution 5. Printing with Steam 6. Instant Information Part IV: The Prescriptive Revolution 7. The Circulation War 8. The Self-fulfilling Prophecy Part V: Another Contractual Revolution 9. The Decentralization of Desire Conclusion Epilogue References.
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