Accidental Empires

Author: Robert X. Cringely
Publisher:
ISBN: 0140258264
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Computer industry

This work looks at the business of computing in the US, as computer science, as a business, and as a collection of extraordinary and eccentric characters. After automobiles, energy production, and illegal drugs, personal computers are one of the largest manufacturing industries in the world, and one of the great success stories for American business. This book is linked to a Channel 4 television series entitled The Triumph of the Nerds.

Nerd Kultur Selbstbild und Fremdwahrnehmung von Computer Nerds

Author: Tim Jänick
Publisher: Diplomica Verlag
ISBN: 9783842846012
Release Date: 2013-07
Genre: Social Science

Nerds. Fast jeder kennt einen. Jemanden, der ein ungewöhnliches Hobby hat. Jemanden, der sich stundenlang über kein anderes Thema unterhält. Jemanden, der möglicherweise auch auf der Arbeit noch davon erzählt. Möglicherweise ist der Leser selbst dieser jemand. Aber was macht diese Person zum Nerd? Was ist so besonders an der Gruppe der Nerds, das sie eine eigene Bezeichnung haben? Ist der fanatische Motorenfan, der sein Auto hegt und pflegt ein Nerd? Oder ist es der Computerspezialist aus der IT-Abteilung, der in seiner Freizeit Comics sammelt? Gibt es eine gemeinsame Nerd-Kultur, die eine eindeutige Aufteilung möglich macht? Die zentrale Frage ist, ob eine gemeinsame Nerd-Kultur existiert und was sie gegebenenfalls ausmacht. Dieses Buch stellt eine Rundreise durch Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft des öffentlichen Nerd-Bildes dar. Dabei erfolgt keine Beschränkung auf die theoretische Erörterung, sondern es gibt zudem einen Praxisteil mit Strategien für den Umgang mit Nerds.

Abfall

Author: Roberto Simanowski
Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 9783957574213
Release Date: 2017-01-02
Genre: Business & Economics

Wie viel Uber verträgt die Welt? Wie kosmopolitisch sind Todesalgorithmen? Welche Erinnerungen ruft eine digitale Madeleine hervor? Warum kam das Radio einst zu früh und das Internet zu spät? Wie wurden die Nerds Sieger der Geschichte? Wäre Faust, der nie im Augenblick verweilen wollte, heute auf Facebook? Rettet Zuckerberg das Projekt der Moderne durch Alternativen zu Religion und Ideologie? Dieses Buch erklärt Medien durch die Hintertür. Auf oft überraschende, bisweilen scheinbar abwegige, immer aber inspirierende Weise zeigt Roberto Simanowski die kulturellen Folgen technologischer Entwicklung auf.

Die Internet konomie

Author: Axel Zerdick
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783642977442
Release Date: 2013-03-13
Genre: Business & Economics

Das Buch analysiert die zentrale Rolle des Medien-, Telekommunikations- und IT-Sektors als Antriebsfaktoren auf dem Weg in eine digitale Wirtschaft: der Internet-Ökonomie. Mit zunehmendem Wachstum des Internet breiten sich die damit verbundenen ökonomischen Spielregeln auf die ganze Volkswirtschaft aus. Der bereits 1997 präsentierte Ansatz (ECC-Report 1997, Springer, Berlin-Heidelberg) wird in einer systematischen und umfassenden Darstellung des Themas Medienfinanzierung erweitert und fortgeführt. Mit diesem Konzept und der internationalen Einbindung steht das Buch konkurrenzlos da. Die zukunftsbezogene Analyse macht es zu einem unverzichtbaren Standardwerk für die Industrie und die Wissenschaft.

Consuming Youth

Author: Robert Latham
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226467023
Release Date: 2007-11-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

From the novels of Anne Rice to The Lost Boys, from The Terminator to cyberpunk science fiction, vampires and cyborgs have become strikingly visible figures within American popular culture, especially youth culture. In Consuming Youth, Rob Latham explains why, showing how fiction, film, and other media deploy these ambiguous monsters to embody and work through the implications of a capitalist system in which youth both consume and are consumed. Inspired by Marx's use of the cyborg vampire as a metaphor for the objectification of physical labor in the factory, Latham shows how contemporary images of vampires and cyborgs illuminate the contradictory processes of empowerment and exploitation that characterize the youth-consumer system. While the vampire is a voracious consumer driven by a hunger for perpetual youth, the cyborg has incorporated the machineries of consumption into its own flesh. Powerful fusions of technology and desire, these paired images symbolize the forms of labor and leisure that American society has staked out for contemporary youth. A startling look at youth in our time, Consuming Youth will interest anyone concerned with film, television, and popular culture.

Coast of Dreams

Author: Kevin Starr
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307795267
Release Date: 2011-06-22
Genre: History

In this extraordinary book, Kevin Starr–widely acknowledged as the premier historian of California, the scope of whose scholarship the Atlantic Monthly has called “breathtaking”–probes the possible collapse of the California dream in the years 1990—2003. In a series of compelling chapters, Coast of Dreams moves through a variety of topics that show the California of the last decade, when the state was sometimes stumbling, sometimes humbled, but, more often, flourishing with its usual panache. From gang violence in Los Angeles to the spectacular rise–and equally spectacular fall–of Silicon Valley, from the Northridge earthquake to the recall of Governor Gray Davis, Starr ranges over myriad facts, anecdotes, news stories, personal impressions, and analyses to explore a time of unprecedented upheaval in California. Coast of Dreams describes an exceptional diversity of people, cultures, and values; an economy that mirrors the economic state of the nation; a battlefield where industry and the necessities of infrastructure collide with the inherent demands of a unique and stunning natural environment. It explores California politics (including Arnold Schwarzenegger’s election in the 2003 recall), the multifaceted business landscape, and controversial icons such as O. J. Simpson. “Historians of the future,” Starr writes, “will be able to see with more certainty whether or not the period 1990-2003 was not only the end of one California but the beginning of another”; in the meantime, he gives a picture of the place and time in a book at once sweeping and riveting in its details, deeply informed, engagingly personal, and altogether fascinating. From the Hardcover edition.

Uninvited Neighbors

Author: Herbert G. Ruffin
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806145839
Release Date: 2014-03-28
Genre: History

In the late 1960s, African American protests and Black Power demonstrations in California’s Santa Clara County—including what’s now called Silicon Valley—took many observers by surprise. After all, as far back as the 1890s, the California constitution had legally abolished most forms of racial discrimination, and subsequent legal reform had surely taken care of the rest. White Americans might even have wondered where the black activists in the late sixties were coming from—because, beginning with the writings of Fredrick Jackson Turner, the most influential histories of the American West simply left out African Americans or, later, portrayed them as a passive and insignificant presence. Uninvited Neighbors puts black people back into the picture and dispels cherished myths about California’s racial history. Reaching from the Spanish era to the valley’s emergence as a center of the high-tech industry, this is the first comprehensive history of the African American experience in the Santa Clara Valley. Author Herbert G. Ruffin II’s study presents the black experience in a new way, with a focus on how, despite their smaller numbers and obscure presence, African Americans in the South Bay forged communities that had a regional and national impact disproportionate to their population. As the region industrialized and spawned suburbs during and after World War II, its black citizens built institutions such as churches, social clubs, and civil rights organizations and challenged socioeconomic restrictions. Ruffin explores the quest of the area’s black people for the postwar American Dream. The book also addresses the scattering of the black community during the region’s late yet rapid urban growth after 1950, which led to the creation of several distinct black suburban communities clustered in metropolitan San Jose. Ruffin treats people of color as agents of their own development and survival in a region that was always multiracial and where slavery and Jim Crow did not predominate, but where the white embrace of racial justice and equality was often insincere. The result offers a new view of the intersection of African American history and the history of the American West.

Understanding Silicon Valley

Author: Martin Kenney
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804737347
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Business & Economics

This text explores the factors that have made Silicon Valley such a fertile breeding ground for new technologies and new firms. It looks at how its pioneering achievements begana̧nd the forces that have propelled its unprecedented growth.

Apple Confidential 2 0

Author: Owen W. Linzmayer
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 9781593270100
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Business & Economics

Chronicles the best and the worst of Apple Computer's remarkable story.

Artifacts

Author: Christine Finn
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262561549
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Computers

An archaeologist explores the material culture of Silicon Valley.

Encyclopedia of New Media

Author: Steve Jones
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 9781452265285
Release Date: 2002-12-10
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Edited by Steve Jones, one of the leading scholars and founders of this emerging field, and with contributions from an international group of scholars as well as science and technology writers and editors, the Encyclopedia of New Media widens the boundaries of today's information society through interdisciplinary, historical, and international coverage. With such topics as broadband, content filtering, cyberculture, cyberethics, digital divide, freenet, MP3, privacy, telemedicine, viruses, and wireless networks, the Encyclopedia will be an indispensable resource for anyone interested or working in this field. Unlike many encyclopedias that provide short, fragmented entries, the Encyclopedia of New Media examines each subject in depth in a single, coherent article. Many articles span several pages and are presented in a large, double-column format for easy reading. Each article also includes the following: A bibliography Suggestions for further reading Links to related topics in the Encyclopedia Selected works, where applicable Entries include: Pioneers, such as Marc Andreesen, Marshall McLuhan, and Steve Jobs Terms, from "Access" to "Netiquette" to "Web-cam" Technologies, including Bluetooth, MP3, and Linux Businesses, such as Amazon.com Key labs, research centers, and foundations Associations Laws, and much more The Encyclopedia of New Media includes a comprehensive index as well as a reader's guide that facilitates browsing and easy access to information. Recommended Libraries Public, academic, government, special, and private/corporate

The Net Effect

Author: Thomas Streeter
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814741177
Release Date: 2010-12-05
Genre: Technology & Engineering

This book about America's romance with computer communication looks at the internet, not as harbinger of the future or the next big thing, but as an expression of the times. Streeter demonstrates that our ideas about what connected computers are for have been in constant flux since their invention. In the 1950s they were imagined as the means for fighting nuclear wars, in the 1960s as systems for bringing mathematical certainty to the messy complexity of social life, in the 1970s as countercultural playgrounds, in the 1980s as an icon for what's good about free markets, in the 1990s as a new frontier to be conquered and, by the late 1990s, as the transcendence of markets in an anarchist open source utopia. The Net Effect teases out how culture has influenced the construction of the internet and how the structure of the internet has played a role in cultures of social and political thought. It argues that the internet's real and imagined anarchic qualities are not a product of the technology alone, but of the historical peculiarities of how it emerged and was embraced. Finding several different traditions at work in the development of the internet—most uniquely, romanticism—Streeter demonstrates how the creation of technology is shot through with profoundly cultural forces—with the deep weight of the remembered past, and the pressures of shared passions made articulate.