The Big Switch

The Big Switch

Rewiring the World, From Edison to Google

Book - 2008
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A hundred years ago, companies stopped producing their own power with steam engines and plugged into the newly built electric grid. The cheap power pumped out by electric utilities not only changed how businesses operated but also brought the modern world into existence. Today a similar revolution is under way. Companies are dismantling their private computer systems and tapping into rich services delivered over the Internet. This time it's computing that's turning into a utility. The shift is already remaking the computer industry, bringing new competitors like Google to the fore and threatening traditional stalwarts like Microsoft and Dell. But the effects will reach much further. Cheap computing will ultimately change society as profoundly as cheap electricity did. Here, business journalist Carr weaves together history, economics, and technology to explain why computing is changing—and what it means for all of us.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., ©2008
New York : W. W. Norton & Co., [2008]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780393062281
Branch Call Number: 303.483 Ca
Characteristics: vii, 278 pages ; 25 cm

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Aug 13, 2015

I found the author to be very confusing; he makes some good points I agree with, others I do not. I don't agree with the premise of the book comparing electrification [thank you Mr. Tesla and Mr. Westinghouse] to The Cloud - - a flagrantly false comparison! By moving everything online, to eschew original sourcing, allows for the falsification and fictionalization of everything. Yes, fiction published as nonfiction is quite common, but still today one must read the original, the hard copies, to come up with the real facts. In the near present and future: creating false legal precedents on legal databases; creating false background checks easily, creating false criminal backgrounds, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. [Would humbly suggest reading Robert Scheer's latest book, They Know Everything About You, plus Bruce Schneier's book, Data and Goliath, to compare to this book.]

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 20, 2014

Nicholas Carr’s newest book about technology is a great look at how the Internet is changing society as we know it. Comparing the changes that are occurring now to the changes that occurred with the advent of electricity, he highlights the impact on work, home, and family. Carr examines the changes today with a jaded eye, seeing the drawbacks beyond the benefits.

sarahfelkar Dec 14, 2013

A fantastic exploration of how technologies can change from novelties to essential parts of our daily lives. Carr has an engaging writing style that has you enjoying the anecdotes as he frames his arguments.


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