Soft Edge: Nat Hist&future Info by Paul LevinsonSoft Edge: Nat Hist&future Info by Paul Levinson

Soft Edge: Nat Hist&future Info

byPaul LevinsonEditorPaul Levinson

Paperback | October 23, 1998

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The Soft Edgeis 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 Edgeis 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.
Boldly extending and deepening the pathways blazed by McLuhan, Paul Levinson has provided us with a brilliant and exciting study of life with our old media, our new media, and the media still to come.
Title:Soft Edge: Nat Hist&future InfoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.9 inPublished:October 23, 1998Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415197724

ISBN - 13:9780415197724


From Our Editors

Exploring the influence of information technologies on social and political events, Paul Levinson accounts for some significant historical developments. Blazing Marshall McLuhan’s trails a little further, The Soft Edge offers unusual interpretations of events, shows the role of new media in society and assesses the human role in this revolution.

Editorial Reviews

"This history provides a refreshing contrast to texts that are little more than litanies of dates and/or tomes of doomsayers. It provides excellent insights and is suggested reading for those with a keen interest in media."-"Educator ""The Soft Edge is a wonderful book, both as a historical survey of how information technologies have evolved and as a critique of how some media critics have portrayed computers and the Internet."-"Technology and Society "Remarkable in both scholarly sweep and rhetorical lyricism. . . what first promises to be the digital "Origin of the Species turns out to be a sequel to "The Odyssey: media's progress is presented as an epic journey toward freedom, unseating censors along the way."-"Wired "Smart, spare, yet deep, and heartily recommended."-"Library Journal ..."defies the critics of technology who insist that technology robs human life of its human character...well worth the attention of those interested in the history, nature, and future of technology."-"Analog