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The Internet and American Business : History of Computing - William Aspray

The Internet and American Business

History of Computing

By: William Aspray (Editor), Paul E. Ceruzzi (Editor)


Published: 13th August 2010
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2008. When we think of the Internet, we generally think of Amazon, Google, Hotmail, Napster, MySpace, and other sites for buying products, searching for information, downloading entertainment, chatting with friends, or posting photographs. In the academic literature about the Internet, however, these uses are rarely covered. "The Internet and American Business" fills this gap, picking up where most scholarly histories of the Internet leave off--with the commercialization of the Internet established and its effect on traditional business a fact of life. These essays, describing challenges successfully met by some companies and failures to adapt by others, are a first attempt to understand a dynamic and exciting period of American business history. Tracing the impact of the commercialized Internet since 1995 on American business and society, the book describes new business models, new companies and adjustments by established companies, the rise of e-commerce, and community building; it considers dot-com busts and difficulties encountered by traditional industries; and it discusses such newly created problems as copyright violations associated with music file-sharing and the proliferation of Internet pornography. Contributors: Atsushi Akera, William Aspray, Randal A. Beam, Martin Campbell-Kelly, Paul E. Ceruzzi, James W. Cortada, Wolfgang Coy, Blaise Cronin, Nathan Ensmenger, Daniel D. Garcia-Swartz, Brent Goldfarb, Shane Greenstein, Thomas Haigh, Ward Hanson, David Kirsch, Christine Ogan, Jeffrey R. Yost.

The editors of this ambitious book have assembled 15 contributors who together effectively portray the commercialization of the Internet and its impact on American business. The contributors, journalism and mass communication professors, business school professors, historians of technology, science and technology scholars, and business consultants, provide the breadth of expertise necessary to capture the tumultuous period under study. Highly recommended.

-Choice Reviews Online

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Introductionp. 3
The Internet before Commercializationp. 9
Internet Technologies Seeking a Business Modelp. 45
Innovation and the Evolution of Market Structure for Internet Access in the United Statesp. 47
Protocols for Profitp. 105
Web and E-mail Technologies as Product and Infrastructure
The Web's Missing Linksp. 159
Search Engines and Portals
The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of Software as a Servicep. 201
Historical Perspectives on the Computer Utility and Software for Lease on a Network
Commerce in the Internet Worldp. 231
Discovering a Role Onlinep. 233
Brick-and-Mortar Retailers and the Internet
Small Ideas, Big Ideas, Bad Ideas, Good Ideasp. 259
öGet Big Fastö and Dot-Com Venture Creation
Industry Transformation and Selective Adoptionp. 277
Internet Challenges for Media Businessesp. 279
Internet Challenges for Nonmedia Industries, Firms, and Workersp. 315
Travel Agencies, Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, Personal Computer Manufacturers, and Information Technology Services Professionals
Resistance Is Futile?p. 351
Reluctant and Selective Users of the Internet
New TechnologyùOld and New Business Usesp. 389
New Wine in Old and New Bottlesp. 391
Patterns and Effects of the Internet on Companies
Communities and Specialized Information Businessesp. 423
Newly Created or Amplified Problemsp. 449
File Sharing and the Music Industryp. 451
Eros Unboundp. 491
Pornography and the Internet
Lessons Learned, Future Opportunitiesp. 539
Market and Agorap. 541
Community Building by Internet
Conclusionsp. 557
List of Contributorsp. 565
Indexp. 569
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ISBN: 9780262514811
ISBN-10: 0262514818
Series: History of Computing
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 13th August 2010
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.91