All the facts : a history of information in the United by James W. Cortada

By James W. Cortada

"All the proof provides a background of the position of knowledge within the usa on the grounds that 1870, while the kingdom started an almost 150-year interval of financial prosperity and technological and medical modifications. James Cortada argues that electorate and their associations used info generally as instruments to enhance their paintings and personal lives and they used evidence to assist form how the country advanced during

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42 I now turn to defining both terms. Facilitators Facilitators are circumstances that by their nature encourage, or make it possible for, individuals to use information, relying, for example, on the inexpensive use of the Internet to acquire content. Related to this example is the convenience of using online information, as opposed to the slower effort of going to a library. 3. Use of information that became increasingly useful, easy, and quick to obtain follows a phenomenon known as the turnpiking effect (more formally, Jevons’ paradox).

3. Use of information that became increasingly useful, easy, and quick to obtain follows a phenomenon known as the turnpiking effect (more formally, Jevons’ paradox). It can be explained this way. If a two-lane road exists between your house and your job allowing you to get from one place to the other in 45 minutes, you will use it for one round trip per day. 3. FACILITATORS OF INFORMATION DIFFUSION IN THE UNITED STATES Facilitator Examples Organizations Churches, schools, universities, professional associations, hobby Demographic Population size, immigrants, cultural diversity Governmental US Constitution, support for education and R&D, training clubs, nonprofit charities programs, publishing, information Infrastructures from Post Office to Internet Economics and technologies Natural resources, capitalism, prosperity, Second Industrial Revolution, patentable innovations, transport systems such as railroads, airports Education Public schools, land-grant universities, vocational training, Urbanization Towns and cities, from farms to factories, specialized professional education communities such as Detroit and automobiles, New York and book publishing Information technologies Telegraph, telephone, typewriters, adding and calculating office machines, radio, television, computers, PCs, mobile phones, Internet, iPads Codification Dewey Decimal system, academic disciplines, certification requirements, formats, standard reports, tables, annual publications, forms I n t r o d u c i n g A m e r i c a n I n f or m at i o n ( 13 ) ease traffic, then initially you can travel much faster, completing the one-way trip in, say, 20 minutes.

Formatting information in structured ways is part of this eighth facilitator. Seeing information in a familiar format has long been recognized as a mixed blessing, but nonetheless this technique is widely embraced. 68 Codification included how people were taught skills. ”69 Vocational and on-the-job training provide the same service. At the dawn of the twentieth century organized approaches spread to courses in high school (shop, home economics, typing, auto repair, creative writing), school clubs, organized sports, then through junior and four-year college programs.

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