Sunday, April 5, 2009

Exam Review, Warschauer Article

·      What set of features and technologies describe the various industrial revolutions?

1st - Happened in the late 18th century - printing press, steam engine, machinery - production still organized in workshops with a master/apprentice/serf relationship

2nd - Happened late 19th century - electricity, internal combustion, telegraph, telephone - production organized in factories with vertical hierarchies (boss, manager, workers, similar to master, apprentice, serf really)

3rd - mid-to-late 20th century (now?) - transistor, PCs, telecommunications, the internet - horizontal networks

3rd revolution is the one that is associated with Informationalism - the spread of information (telephones, TVs, the internet) more than just tools and more efficient production methods.

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