By James W. Cortada
"All the evidence offers a background of the position of data within the usa seeing that 1870, whilst the kingdom begun an almost 150-year interval of financial prosperity and technological and clinical changes. James Cortada argues that voters and their associations used details greatly as instruments to enhance their paintings and personal lives and they used evidence to assist form how the state advanced during those fourteen a long time. He argues that information's function has lengthy been a severe element of the paintings, play, tradition, and values of this state, and not more so than throughout the 20th century while its functionality in society improved dramatically. whereas components of this tale were tested via hundreds of thousands of scholars--such because the position of radio, newspapers, books, pcs, and the net, approximately such associations as schooling, immense company, extended roles of governments from city management to the country residence, from agriculture to the prone and knowledge industries--All the proof appears to be like in any respect of those components holistically, offering a deeper perception into the best way the USA advanced through the years. An advent and eleven chapters describe what this data atmosphere seemed like, the way it advanced, and the way it was once used. for one more colossal layer of knowledge approximately this topic the reader is directed to the specific bibliographic essay at the back of this booklet. It features a narrative heritage, case reviews within the type of sidebars, and tales illustrating key issues. Readers will locate, for instance, the tale of ways the USA postal method helped create modern details society, besides every little thing from books and newspapers to television, pcs, and the net. The build-up to what many this day name the data Age took many years to accomplish and maintains to construct momentum. the results for the area, and never only for the USA, are as profound as any mega-trend possible establish within the historical past of humankind. all of the proof offers this improvement completely in an easy-to-digest structure that any lover of heritage, expertise, or the heritage of knowledge and enterprise will enjoy"--
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Those beliefs were reinforced by successful economic development over the next four centuries. A second cause was the shift from an agricultural to a services economy, but with a massive stronghold in manufacturing remaining for over 150 years. The economic transformation began slowly during the 1840s but took off after the Civil War. One could see the effects on information as its use increased after 1870. But megatransformations that stimulated greater reliance on information proved successful enough that the nation could afford further investments over the next century and a half in education, development and rapid exploitation of information goods, diffusion of other forms of information goods in great quantity, and use of research and development to further develop the economy in all sciences and technologies.
For over a half-century, journalists, historians, economists, public officials, educators, the literati, and others have talked about education, knowledge, information, books, libraries, newspapers, television, the Internet, and now social media largely independently of one another. By integrating many of these developments we see the growth and extent of the information infrastructure and its corresponding informational ecosystem in America. They help us appreciate more fully how the United States is evolving today.
From the beginning, cities such as Philadelphia, Boston, and New York, and to a lesser extent Baltimore, became centers for the production of information in newspapers and books, and its distribution through education. Information circulated faster in these compact spaces than in rural communities. 53 As the nation’s heartland filled with people, new cities emerged that also became centers for the production and diffusion of information. Chicago, St. 54 Yet information was not free. Living in the proximity of individuals exchanging it covered the lion’s share of expense.