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Trapped in the net : the unanticipated consequences of computerization / Gene I. Rochlin.

By: Rochlin, Gene I.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1997Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 293 p.).ISBN: 1400813158 (electronic bk.); 9781400813155 (electronic bk.); 9781400822263 (electronic bk.); 1400822262 (electronic bk.).Other title: Unanticipated consequences of computerization.Subject(s): Computers and civilization | Electronic data processing -- Social aspects | Computer networksGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Trapped in the net.DDC classification: 303.48/34 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [265]-284) and index.

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An important contribution to the discussion of the "unanticipated consequences [and] direct and indirect costs of increased dependence on computers," this book is written with a stylistic grace that is rare in this genre. Rochlin's beautiful, concise history of personal computers and networks is followed by an analysis of the consequent "emergence of new modes of organizational control." Two lucid and insightful chapters on the computerization of the financial markets focus on the deepening loss of human control it has engendered. This theme is further pursued in the chapter on automation of airplane cockpits and of air traffic control rooms. Four chapters trace the evolution of the military, from the Civil War to the Gulf War, to a fully computerized "command, control, communications, and intelligence" operation with the resultant increase in cost and decrease in robustness against errors and surprises. The often fascinating endnotes and an extensive, eclectic bibliography cover 70 pages. This book is such a thoughtful, informative, and evenhanded "exploration of [the] longer-term systemic and societal implications" of the use of computer systems that it should be studied by everyone who uses them or controls their use. All levels. J. Mayer; formerly, Lebanon Valley College

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