Trapped in the Net: The Unanticipated Consequences of Computerization

Trapped in the Net: The Unanticipated Consequences of Computerization

Trapped in the Net: The Unanticipated Consequences of Computerization

Trapped in the Net: The Unanticipated Consequences of Computerization

Synopsis

In this exciting book, Gene Rochlin takes a close look at how the familiar and pervasive effects of computerization have become embedded in all our lives, forcing us to narrow the scope of our choices, our modes of control, and our experiences with the real world. The threat is not the direct one once framed by the idea of insane robots or runaway mainframes, but the gradual loss of control over hardware, software, business practices, and even personal interactions. In Trapped in the Net, an insightful and painstakingly documented book, [Rochlin] explores the changes already wrought by computers and networking in areas as diverse as financial markets, air travel, nuclear power plants, corporate management and the military. DLLawrence Hunter, The New York Times Book Review This is a fascinating and well-argued book.... The references are good, and certainly prove that Rochlin is not a lone voice with a cynical message. DLHarold Thimbleby, New Scientist A major work of synthesis and insight.... Rochlin has hit upon the most important characteristic of the society-wide electronics infrastructures now being put into place. DLPaul N. Edwards, author of The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse [Rochlin's] straightforward argument should be apparent to those managing and promoting increasing computerization: that greater dependence on computers implies greater disasters when they fail. DLGilbert Taylor, Booklist :The complete text of Trapped in the Net is available online at http://pup.princeton.edu
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