Book — 1 online resource (xviii, 257 pages) Digital: data file.
The first digital medium
The printed authorship of the modern world
The age of photography and the ageless image
Survival of the media fit
Word processing and its masters
The online author as publisher and bookstore
Hypertext and author/reader inversions
The open Web and its enemies
Artificial intelligence in real life
You can't touch that in cyberspace.
The Soft Edge is a one-of-a-kind history of the information revolution. In his lucid and direct style, Paul Levinson, historian and philosopher of media and communications, gives us more than just a history of information technologies. The Soft Edge is a book about theories on the evolution of technology, the effects that human choice has on this (r)evolution, and what's in store for us in the future. Paul Levinson's engaging voice guides us on a tour that explains how communications media have been responsible for major developments in history and for profound chang.