Accidental Empires

Author: Robert X. Cringely
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780887308550
Release Date: 1996-09-13
Genre: Business & Economics

Computer manufacturing is--after cars, energy production and illegal drugs--the largest industry in the world, and it's one of the last great success stories in American business. Accidental Empires is the trenchant, vastly readable history of that industry, focusing as much on the astoundingly odd personalities at its core--Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mitch Kapor, etc. and the hacker culture they spawned as it does on the remarkable technology they created. Cringely reveals the manias and foibles of these men (they are always men) with deadpan hilarity and cogently demonstrates how their neuroses have shaped the computer business. But Cringely gives us much more than high-tech voyeurism and insider gossip. From the birth of the transistor to the mid-life crisis of the computer industry, he spins a sweeping, uniquely American saga of creativity and ego that is at once uproarious, shocking and inspiring.

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.


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: 9783642564185
Release Date: 2013-03-13
Genre: Business & Economics

Das Buch analysiert die zentrale Rolle von Medien, Telekommunikation und Informationstechnologie als Antriebsfaktoren auf dem Weg in eine digitale Wirtschaft: der Internet-Ökonomie. Schon im Jahr 2005 wird die Hälfte der deutschen Bevölkerung online sein. Die in wesentlichen Teilen überarbeitete dritte Auflage des Buches bezieht die aktuellen Entwicklungen des dynamischen Marktes ein. In der Neuauflage werden insbesondere die Themen Ökonomie der Aufmerksamkeit und Elektronic Commerce erweitert und fortgeführt. Auch der umfangreiche Datenanhang, der die wichtigsten europäischen Kennziffern liefert, wurde auf den neuesten Stand gebracht. Mit diesem Konzept und der internationalen Einbindung steht das Buch konkurrenzlos da. Die zukunftsbezogene Analyse macht es zu einem unverzichtbaren Standardwerk für Industrie und 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.

New Media

Author: Martin Lister
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134083824
Release Date: 2008-12-08
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

New Media: A Critical Introduction is a comprehensive introduction to the culture, history, technologies and theories of new media. Written especially for students, the book considers the ways in which 'new media' really are new, assesses the claims that a media and technological revolution has taken place and formulates new ways for media studies to respond to new technologies. The authors introduce a wide variety of topics including: how to define the characteristics of new media; social and political uses of new media and new communications; new media technologies, politics and globalization; everyday life and new media; theories of interactivity, simulation, the new media economy; cybernetics, cyberculture, the history of automata and artificial life. Substantially updated from the first edition to cover recent theoretical developments, approaches and significant technological developments, this is the best and by far the most comprehensive textbook available on this exciting and expanding subject. At you will find: additional international case studies with online references specially created You Tube videos on machines and digital photography a new ‘Virtual Camera’ case study, with links to short film examples useful links to related websites, resources and research sites further online reading links to specific arguments or discussion topics in the book links to key scholars in the field of new media.

Strategic Intuition

Author: William Duggan
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231512329
Release Date: 2007-11-22
Genre: Business & Economics

How "Aha!" really happens. When do you get your best ideas? You probably answer "At night," or "In the shower," or "Stuck in traffic." You get a flash of insight. Things come together in your mind. You connect the dots. You say to yourself, "Aha! I see what to do." Brain science now reveals how these flashes of insight happen. It's a special form of intuition. We call it strategic intuition, because it gives you an idea for action-a strategy. Brain science tells us there are three kinds of intuition: ordinary, expert, and strategic. Ordinary intuition is just a feeling, a gut instinct. Expert intuition is snap judgments, when you instantly recognize something familiar, the way a tennis pro knows where the ball will go from the arc and speed of the opponent's racket. (Malcolm Gladwell wrote about this kind of intuition in Blink.) The third kind, strategic intuition, is not a vague feeling, like ordinary intuition. Strategic intuition is a clear thought. And it's not fast, like expert intuition. It's slow. That flash of insight you had last night might solve a problem that's been on your mind for a month. And it doesn't happen in familiar situations, like a tennis match. Strategic intuition works in new situations. That's when you need it most. Everyone knows you need creative thinking, or entrepreneurial thinking, or innovative thinking, or strategic thinking to succeed in the modern world. All these kinds of thinking happen through flashes of insight& mdash;strategic intuition. And now that we know how it works, you can learn to do it better. That's what this book is about. Over the past ten years, William Duggan has conducted pioneering research on strategic intuition and for the past three years has taught a popular course at Columbia Business School on the subject. He now gives us this eye-opening book that shows how strategic intuition lies at the heart of great achievements throughout human history: the scientific and computer revolutions, women's suffrage, the civil rights movement, modern art, microfinance in poor countries, and more. Considering the achievements of people and organizations, from Bill Gates to Google, Copernicus to Martin Luther King, Picasso to Patton, you'll never think the same way about strategy again. Three kinds of strategic ideas apply to human achievement: * Strategic analysis, where you study the situation you face * Strategic intuition, where you get a creative idea for what to do * Strategic planning, where you work out the details of how to do it. There is no shortage of books about strategic analysis and strategic planning. This new book by William Duggan is the first full treatment of strategic intuition. It's the missing piece of the strategy puzzle that makes essential reading for anyone interested in achieving more in any field of human endeavor.

The Economics of Industrial Innovation

Author: Christopher Freeman
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262561131
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Business & Economics

Technical innovation has moved to center stage in contemporary debates on economic theory and policy, and Chris Freeman and Luc Soete have played a prominent part in these debates. For this new edition of The Economics of Industrial Innovation, they have rewritten all the existing chapters and added ten new ones that address recent advances in theory and in policymaking. In the new chapters they deal with the international dimensions of technical change including underdevelopment, technology transfer, international trade, and globalization. They have also strengthened the historical account of the rise of new technologies, a main feature of earlier editions. They take advantage of their experience on projects for the OECD, the European Union, and industry in other new chapters on "The Information Society" and on environmental issues, as well as in the updated discussion of science and technology policy.

A Future Perfect

Author: John Micklethwait
Publisher: Times Books
ISBN: UCSC:32106012641426
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Business & Economics

Addressing the major concerns about globalization, the authors defend the emergence of the new world economy, arguing that it will ultimately improve the human condition. 35,000 first printing.