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Nye, 1997. Social Research 64(3):1067-1091

Shaping Communication Networks: Telegraph, Telephone, Computer
David E. Nye

Social Research: An International Quarterly
Technology and the Rest of Culture
Arien Mack, Editor

Volume 64, No. 3 (Fall 1997): 1067-1091

ABSTRACT: This article focuses on inventions behind the progress of telecommunication. Technologies are social constructions. Machines are not like meteors that come unbidden from outside and have an impact. Rather, human beings make many choices when inventing, marketing, and using a new device. The telephone and telegraph, the early forms of networked communication, provide an essential background for understanding the computer network. While the computer network is still in rapid evolution, once again technological Utopians are claiming that both a freer market and universal understanding are at hand. According to Newt Gingrich, the computer is ushering in a new era when information and expertise will be...
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