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Author Rochlin, Gene I
Title Trapped in the Net : The Unanticipated Consequences of Computerization
Imprint Princeton : Princeton University Press, 1998
©1998
book jacket
Descript 1 online resource (310 pages)
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Note Intro -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- CHAPTER ONE: Introduction -- CHAPTER TWO: Autogamous Technology -- CHAPTER THREE: Networks of Connectivity -- CHAPTER FOUR: Taylorism Redux? -- CHAPTER FIVE: Computer Trading -- CHAPTER SIX: Jacking into the Market -- CHAPTER SEVEN: Expert Operators and Critical Tasks -- CHAPTER EIGHT: Smart Weapons, Smart Soldiers -- CHAPTER NINE: Unfriendly Fire -- CHAPTER TEN: The Logistics of Techno-War -- CHAPTER ELEVEN: C3I IN Cyberspace -- CHAPTER TWELVE: Invisible Idiots -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Voice mail. E-mail. Bar codes. Desktops. Laptops. Networks. The Web. In this exciting book, Gene Rochlin takes a closer look at how these familiar and pervasive productions 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. Drawing on fascinating narratives from fields that range from military command, air traffic control, and international fund transfers to library cataloging and supermarket checkouts, Rochlin shows that we are rapidly making irreversible and at times harmful changes in our business, social, and personal lives to comply with the formalities and restrictions of information systems. The threat is not the direct one once framed by the idea of insane robots or runaway mainframes usurping human functions for their own purposes, but the gradual loss of control over hardware, software, and function through networks of interconnection and dependence. What Rochlin calls the computer trap has four parts: the lure, the snare, the costs, and the long-term consequences. The lure is obvious: the promise of ever more powerful and adaptable tools with simpler and more human-centered interfaces. The snare is what usually ensues. Once heavily invested in the use of computers to perform central tasks, organizations and individuals alike are committed to new capacities and potentials, whether they eventually find them rewarding or not. The varied costs include a dependency on the manufacturers of hardware and software--and a seemingly pathological scramble to keep up with an incredible rate of sometimes unnecessary technological change. Finally, a lack of redundancy and an incredible speed of response make human intervention or control difficult at best when (and not if) something goes wrong. As Rochlin points out, this is
particularly true for those systems whose interconnections and mechanisms are so deeply concealed in the computers that no human being fully understands them
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Rochlin, Gene I. Trapped in the Net : The Unanticipated Consequences of Computerization Princeton : Princeton University Press,c1998 9780691002477
Subject Computers and civilization.;Electronic data processing -- Social aspects.;Computer networks
Electronic books
Alt Author Rochlin, Gene I. I
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