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The World at your fingertips

Author: Robert HoneWill LymanNancy LindeBrian DowleyFrank HammondAll authors
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Films for the Humanities, ©1992.
Series: Machine that changed the world, 5.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape : Partial animation   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Americans live in the freest country on the planet, but we are also the most counted, recorded, questioned, dossiered and filed ; the same computers that free us to work, shop, play and organize our lives also enable others to keep track of almost everything we do. This program looks at the social revolution wrought by computers, and at what price : the disappearance of place as an attribute, the loss of privacy,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Partial animation, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Hone; Will Lyman; Nancy Linde; Brian Dowley; Frank Hammond; John Osborne; Scott Tuke; Roger Phillips; Peter Howell; Paula S Apsell; Films for the Humanities (Firm); WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.). Science Unit.; British Broadcasting Corporation.; Norddeutscher Rundfunk.; WGBH Educational Foundation.
OCLC Number: 30367076
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Documentary.
"The WGBH Collection."--Container.
Includes animated sequences.
"FFH 3184."
Credits: Edited by Nancy Linde ; photographed by Brian Dowley, Frank Hammond, et al. ; sound, John Osborne, Scott Tuke ; animation, Roger PHillips ; music, Peter Howell ; director of the WGBH Science Unit, Paula S. Apsell.
Performer(s): Will Lyman.
Description: 1 videocassette (58 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS.
Series Title: Machine that changed the world, 5.
Responsibility: WGBH Educational Foundation ; a coproduction of the WGBH Science Unit and the British Broadcasting Corporation in association with NDR/Germany ; written, produced and directed by Robert Hone.

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"Americans live in the freest country on the planet, but we are also the most counted, recorded, questioned, dossiered and filed ; the same computers that free us to work, shop, play and organize our lives also enable others to keep track of almost everything we do. This program looks at the social revolution wrought by computers, and at what price : the disappearance of place as an attribute, the loss of privacy, the pollution of information -- and the transmission, sharing and replication of polluted information ; and the near-catastrophes that can occur when (as happened in the October 1987 stock market plunge) computer networks take on a life of their own."--Container.

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