From the Back Cover
The phrase "Information Age" obscures a transformation in society with deeper rootsand deeper meaningthan even its most fevered advocates recognize. In Making the Information Society, Dr. James Cortada demonstrates how the values and behavior of the information age are firmly rooted in hundreds of years of Western culture. Then, as never before, Cortada illuminates the complex chain of experiences, consequences, and new possibilities that made the information age a realityand continue to drive it forward today.
- * Since the Pilgrims: An information culture
- From broadsides to broadcasts, from the telegraph to the Internet, nothing is more American than information
- * Information and democracy
- How the information revolution may flow naturally from respect for the rights of individuals, free speech, and a love of law and democracy
- * Work, play, and faith
- How Americans are learning to leverage information technology in every significant aspect of their lives
- * The role of technology
- How technological developments shape the possibilities for using information
- * The future of information
- What next for the information revolution?
If Alexis de Tocqueville were writing about America in the information age, this is the book he'd write. In Making the Information Society, Dr. James Cortada offers profound new perspective on the meaning of the information age in American society.
Cortada is uniquely positioned to write this book: he is both a leading authority on the history of information technology and a long-time IBM technology consultant to leading corporations. In Making the Information Society, he steps back from the hurly-burly of the Internet, current technological advance, and stock market churn, viewing the broad sweep of change related to information technology, and the unparalleled impact of information on American society. Cortada takes on questions like:
- Why did the information revolution take root in America first?
- Why have Americans been uniquely receptive to the promises of information technology?
- How is American creativity leveraging information technology in every slice of life, from work to play to religion?
- What's likely to happen next, as the information age continues to evolve at breakneck speed?
Cortada's observations about the realities of information technology are grounded firmly in American culture, and his look into the future offers thought-provoking reading for anyone who wants to make sense of the information revolutiona revolution that's far from finished.
"James Cortada has written a landmark account of the role of information in the United States that has lessons and insights for all societies. His historical approach illuminates what's happening in the Information Age and provides a perspective for dealing with future developments. It has certain appeal to anyone interested in communications, business, and technology."
Edward Wakin, Ph.D., Fordham University
About the Author
DR. JAMES W. CORTADA is Director of CSL Programs and Support for IBM Global Services in Madison, WI. He is a leading authority on the use, management, and history of information technology, and is author of over two dozen books on these subjects. He lectures widely on how companies are moving from the old to the new economy.
Cortada's most recent books include 21st Century Business: Managing and Working in the New Digital Economy (Prentice Hall PTR); Into the Network Age: How IBM and Other Companies Are Getting There Now; The Rise of the Knowledge Worker, and Best Practices in Information Technology. Together with Professor Alfred D. Chandler, he edited A Nation Transformed: How Information Shaped the United States from Colonial Times to the Present.
Dr. Cortada is a member of the American Society of Quality and is the Chairman of the Charles Babbage Foundation at the University of Minnesota. He holds a Ph.D. in Modern History from Florida State University.