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Goodbye Gutenberg: Introduction (03:45)


Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of printing, was responsible for mass-producing writing and sparking the information revolution. The process of printing remains the same but is now computerized.

Journalism in the Future (02:37)

Printing workers create computerized advertisements; the information revolution is in full swing. Angelo Monsanti who handles computerization at the LA Times, describes what he hopes the future of the paper will be.

Beginning of Electronic Transmissions (04:50)

Electronic transmissions are utilized by the Prestel Service of the British Post Office; one of their most prominent publishers is Mills and Allen. Viewpoint London attains revenue for its digital magazine from advertisers, not readers. Computerized databases made libraries more efficient.

Modern Library Research Systems (05:29)

A library database includes an article on a chemical element, theorizing the entirety of the text will one day be digitized. For lawyers, a system called Lexus contains all texts of U.S. law.

Computers in Modern Banks (08:18)

Printing made the complexities of modern banking possible. The process is simplified further by the computerization of banking information; magnetic disks store banking files. Answering services utilize computerized voice memos and messages for customers.

Working from Home (06:11)

Some predict the workplace of the future will be in the home. A couple works from their home computer, researching databases and writing detailed reports. Learn about popular network companies including AT&T and SBS.

History of the Database (04:39)

The future of databases began with monastic scribes and religious texts; the idea of a nation state began to be realized after printing became normalized. The printing press provided unity and created modern bureaucracy; information technology influences society in subtle ways.

Japanese Technology (09:09)

Japan began preparing for changes brought about by the information age but is unable to develop a typewriter capable of handling complex written language. See the first Japanese word processor; Japan may soon leap into a new age of automation.

Word Processors in Japan (08:59)

Computers are capable of understanding spoken Japanese; electronic dictation may be the next step for Japanese technology. A voice writing machine recognizes Japanese syllables and several simple commands.

Access to Personal Records (05:47)

Citizens of Sweden are less excited about the future of technology; they are concerned with the loss of personal privacy. No personal records are made public in Sweden; the data inspection board was created.

Digitized Lobbying (09:30)

The White House hopes to transform government work with digital technology; Richard Harden is at the forefront of the information movement. The business of lobbying was also transformed by information access.

Technology of the Future (03:15)

Electronic text will fundamentally change society and reduce the importance of language differences in international communications. Public opinion, modern bureaucracies, and the new moral order will be formed and shaped by the manipulation of information.

Credits: Goodbye Gutenberg (01:23)

Credits: Goodbye Gutenberg

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This BBC Horizon progarm examines some of the more subtle and far-reaching effects of the information revolution.

Length: 75 minutes

Item#: BVL145364

ISBN: 978-1-64347-169-3

Copyright date: ©1980

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