From Publishers Weekly
This expanded and revised edition of Gilder's visionary study of fiber-optic technology describes a future in which the television is supplanted by the telecomputer.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Gilder's thesis, written in layman's terms, is that the United States wil soon lose its rightful preeminence in the telecommunications field to foreign competitors, particularly the Japanese. Unless, that is, American business executives, legislators, judges, and consumers look beyond separate, limited, and hierarchical forms of communication such as television, telephones, and online databases to a multifunctional, interactive, and democratic "telecomputer." Instead of envisioning a brave new telecomputerized world, the powers that be in American business, government, and law are wasting time protecting obsolete existing systems, he posits. Gilder also warns that expensive, user-unfriendly online databases such as Dialog and NEXIS are, at best, transitional technologies. Though much of Gilder's argument is based on his own opinions and peculiar personal preferences (Gilder doesn't seem to like to leave the house) rather than real evidence, his thoughts make interesting reading. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.- Mary C. Kalfatovic, Telesec Lib. Svcs . , Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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