All the facts : a history of information in the United by James W. Cortada

By James W. Cortada

"All the evidence provides a historical past of the function of knowledge within the usa seeing that 1870, while the kingdom all started a virtually 150-year interval of monetary prosperity and technological and medical ameliorations. James Cortada argues that voters and their associations used details widely as instruments to enhance their paintings and personal lives and they used proof to aid form how the country advanced during

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47 A third collection of facilitators involved government. The founders of the United States wove into the Constitution various provisions that supported free flows of information. They believed that citizens needed to know a great deal about the nation’s political activities in order to carry out their duties as citizens and to conduct their economic and personal affairs. Mechanisms included representative government and freedom of speech, and protections and support of copyrights and patents.

Just as there are types of facilitators that make it easier to access information, restraining forces exist that slow reliance on facts. These have included political and social attitudes revealed in laws regarding what kind of content licensed radio stations could transmit, banning books in Boston, economic limits regarding the affordability of providing or buying information, and educational, technological, and scientific issues, about which more is discussed below. 4 summarizes the most important restraining realities faced in the United States.

This book is an effort to engage in that work. Figuring in the background are three perspectives. First, we do not live in a purely information age, just as we do not live in the age of the potato, despite how many Americans eat. ” Second, information is ubiquitous, a substratum of American life, although some components of this society, such as publishers and reporters, make facts their end product. Third, Americans use a great deal of structured and oral information. This book largely focuses on the documented, published, and structured uses of information to help define its use.

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