ERIC Number: ED058713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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The Information Machines; Their Impact on Men and the Media.
Bagdikian, Ben H.
"Today we are on the threshold of a change in human communications which is more powerful and perhaps more significant than all past changes in the technology of information. The way men deal with each other and with the distant world is about to be transformed by a combination of the computer, innovations in the transmission of signals, and new ways to feed images into this system and to take them out. All informational systems, including the news media, will be more intertwined with each other than they are today." This book focuses on what the content of daily information will be, what form it will be delivered in, and how it will be distributed throughout the population. It considers what the most likely technologies are that will change the way the next generation receives its news, what difference it makes in human affairs to have daily events reported rapidly, what the audience for news in the United States is like, and what some of the pecularities of the news in this country are. Some of the research done for this project on the social, economic, and technological forces that shape today's news in print and in broadcasting is reported. Finally, speculations are offered on what the new technical systems will do to the content and form of news in the United States during the remainder of this century. (Author/SH)
Descriptors: Audiences, Broadcast Television, Communication (Thought Transfer), Computers, Economic Change, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Information Systems, Journalism, Mass Media, News Media, Newspapers, Public Policy, Social Change, Technological Advancement, Television, Time Perspective
Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., 49 East 33rd Street, New York, N. Y. 10016 ($8.95)
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Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.