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The Resource A people's history of computing in the United States, Joy Lisi Rankin

A people's history of computing in the United States, Joy Lisi Rankin

Label
A people's history of computing in the United States
Title
A people's history of computing in the United States
Statement of responsibility
Joy Lisi Rankin
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Does Silicon Valley deserve the credit it gets for digital creativity and social media? Joy Lisi Rankin questions this triumphalism by revisiting a pre-PC world where schools were not the last stop for mature consumer technologies but flourishing sites of innovative collaboration. A People's History of Computing in the United States reveals a forgotten time when students taught computers, rather than the other way around, and visionaries dreamed of networked access for all. The invention of the personal computer undoubtedly liberated users from corporate mainframes and brought computing into homes. But throughout the 1960s and 1970s a diverse group of teachers and students working together on academic computing systems conducted many of the activities we now recognize as personal and social computing. Their networks were centered in New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Illinois, but they connected far-flung users. Rankin draws on detailed records to explore how users exchanged messages, programmed music and poems, fostered communities, and developed computer games, including The Oregon Trail. No less than the male inventors, garage hobbyists, and eccentric billionaires of Palo Alto, these unsung pioneers helped shape our digital world. By imagining computing as an interactive commons, the early denizens of the digital realm seeded today's debate about whether the internet should be a public utility and laid the groundwork for national and international debates over net neutrality. Rankin offers a radical precedent for a more democratic digital culture, and new models for the next generation of activists, educators, coders, and makers.--
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MH/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1976-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rankin, Joy Lisi
Dewey number
004.0973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QA76.17
LC item number
.R365 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Computer systems
  • Computer networks
  • Information commons
  • COMPUTERS / Operating Systems / Mainframe & Midrange
Label
A people's history of computing in the United States, Joy Lisi Rankin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 294-310) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: People computing (not the Silicon Valley mythology) -- When students taught the computer -- Making a macho computing culture -- Back to BASICS -- The promise of computing utilities and the proliferation of networks -- How the Oregon Trail began in Minnesota -- Plato builds a plasma screen -- Plato's Republic (or, the other arpanet) -- Epilogue: From personal computing to personal computers
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
325 pages
Isbn
9780674970977
Lccn
2018009562
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1023100261
  • (OCoLC)on1023100261
  • 3083526
Label
A people's history of computing in the United States, Joy Lisi Rankin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 294-310) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: People computing (not the Silicon Valley mythology) -- When students taught the computer -- Making a macho computing culture -- Back to BASICS -- The promise of computing utilities and the proliferation of networks -- How the Oregon Trail began in Minnesota -- Plato builds a plasma screen -- Plato's Republic (or, the other arpanet) -- Epilogue: From personal computing to personal computers
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
325 pages
Isbn
9780674970977
Lccn
2018009562
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1023100261
  • (OCoLC)on1023100261
  • 3083526

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