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The social life of information

Author: John Seely Brown; Paul Duguid
Publisher: Boston : Harvard Business School Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Seely Brown; Paul Duguid
ISBN: 0875847625 9780875847627
OCLC Number: 42475952
Description: x, 320 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Tunneling ahead --
Limits to information --
Agents and angels --
Home alone --
Practice makes process --
Learning - in theory and in practice --
Innovating organization, husbanding knowledge --
Reading the background --
Re-education --
Afterword: Beyond information.
Responsibility: John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid.

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"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." "Drawing from rich learning experiences at Xerox PARC, from examples such as IBM, Chiat/Day Advertising, and California's "Virtual University," and from historical, social, and cultural research, the authors sharply challenge the futurists' sweeping predictions. They explain how many of the tools, jobs, and organizations seemingly targeted for future extinction in fact provide useful social resources that people will fight to keep. Rather than aiming technological bullets at these "relics," we should instead look for ways that the new world of bits can learn from and complement them."--BOOK JACKET.

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