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The Myth of the Computer Revolution


Holmes, WN, The Myth of the Computer Revolution, Computer, 31, (11) pp. 121-122. ISSN 0018-9162 (1998) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: doi:10.1109/MC.1998.730742


There is a related but somewhat more dangerous misconception that the computing industry seems to foster and this is the myth that computer causes change, perhaps even revolutionary change. The truth is quite the opposite. Computers have always been used by industry and government as a way to avoid change and to reinforce the status quo. Many companies and departments adopted electronic computers so that they would not have to innovate and to find ways to achieve their objectives. Using computers, big organizations exert far more control over their operations, their employees, and eventually their clients. The changes do not bring innovation but consolidation.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Information systems
Research Field:Information systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Other information and communication services
Objective Field:Other information and communication services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Holmes, WN (Mr Neville Holmes)
ID Code:13977
Year Published:1998
Deposited By:Computing
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-30

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