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The Network Nation: Human Communication Via Computer [Paperback]

Starr Roxanne Hiltz , Murray Turoff
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Mar 1979 0201031418 978-0201031416
A visionary book when it was first published in the late 1970s, The Network Nation has become the defining document and standard reference for the field of computer mediated communication (C.M.C.). This revised edition adds a substantial new chapter on "superconnectivity" (invented and defined in the unabridged edition of the Online Dictionary of the English Language, 2067) that reviews the developments of the last fifteen years and updates the authors' speculations about the future. Hiltz and Turoff highlight major current organizational, educational, and public applications of C.M.C., integrate their theoretical understanding of the impact of C.M.C. technology, address ethical and legal issues, and describe a scenario in 2084. They have also added a selected bibliography on the key literature. Starr Roxanne Hiltz and Murray Turoff each hold the position of Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. They are also members of the faculty of the Graduate School of Business at Rutgers University, Newark.
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  • Paperback: 562 pages
  • Publisher: Longman Higher Education (Mar 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201031418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201031416
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,956,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Network Nation... contained a fascinating vision. In it home computers are as common as the telephone. They link person to person, shrinking, as the authors put it, time and distance barriers among people, and between people and information, to near zero.' In its simplest form, the Network Nation is a place where thoughts are exchanged easily and democratically and intellect affords one more personal power than a pleasing appearance does. Minorities and women compete on equal terms with white males, and the elderly and handicapped are released from the confines of their infirmities to skim the electronic terrain as swiftly as anyone else." Teresa Carpenter , Village Voice "The Network Nation... contained a fascinating vision. In it home computers are as common as the telephone. They link person to person, shrinking, as the authors put it, "time and distance barriers among people, and between people and information, to near zero." In its simplest form, the Network Nation is a place where thoughts are exchanged easily and democratically and intellect affords one more personal power than a pleasing appearance does. Minorities and women compete on equal terms with white males, and the elderly and handicapped are released from the confines of their infirmities to skim the electronic terrain as swiftly as anyone else. Teresa Carpenter , Village Voice --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Starr Roxanne Hiltz is Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Business at Rutgers University, Newark. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 31 Dec 2001
Format:Paperback
This is the book that was the key influence of the real authors/thinkers behind Notes-11, VAX Notes and then Lotus Notes. The main content of this book was written in 1978, and focusses on Computer Mediated Conferencing Systems - long before message boards (and even the Internet) gained worldwide significance.
The amazing thing is that you have to keep referring back to that date, as the content feels much more recent. Probably one of the best cases of University professors being way ahead of their time in their thinking and in their research.
We're still some way from realising some of their predictions (eg: electronic voting). The issues discussed are just as relevant today. I'd commend the book for this as well as it's influence on the history of some fine software products.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting it right - an accurate look into the Net's future 11 Dec 1998
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While reading The Network Nation, I had to constantly refer to the publication date on the inside cover, 1978. Indeed, I was reading the revised edition dating back to 1993, but that didn't lessen my amazement. TNN was visionary when it was first published, but it is without question the defining document and perhaps standard reference work for the field of Computer Mediated Communication, or CMC. The authors highly major institutional and private applications of CMC and touch upon the impact of CMC, while addressing the legal and ethical issues intrinsic to the genre. They also provide a review of literature covering the field.
In Hiltz' and Turoff's future, the computer has become as common as the telephone, both at home and at work. Systems remove time and distance, hinting towards what is now referred to as the death of distance. These systems create a relaxed environment where thoughts are exchanged freely and easily, and relationships are formed, both online and off.
Hiltz and Turoff describe, among other things, the first virtual online community, which consisted of what we now call chat (synchronous communication), discussion boards (asynchronous), and customized news. Of course, this was created by the Office of Emergency Preparedness in the Executive Office of the President as they utilized technology to create what we would now call at virtual team in 1970. (For the records, the eventual system was called EMISARI, as it evolved from a Delphi conferencing system.)
We liked The Network Nation so much we named it a VB:Book-of-the-Week in our weekly publication VB:TechWatch, which covers the virtual community and knowledge management market spaces.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book 7 Feb 1999
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I too kept looking at the date, and still find it hard to believe it was written in the '70's. Todays conferencing systems still aspire to the functionalities that are described in this book.
Len Kawell attributed this book to being one of his key influences when he wrote Notes-11 at Digital, the precursor to the VAX Notes conferencing system. He left and became one of the founders of Iris Associates, the company that brought us Lotus Notes (also starring Tim Halvorsen and Ray Ozzie).
This book indeed is a part of history. After being told it had gone out of print, i've been trying to find a copy for 7 years. Thank god that the reprint became available! It was certainly worth waiting for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Facebook Precursor 2 Jan 2014
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Want a historical perspective on how we got to Facebook, LinkedIn and all the other social media we have today? This book takes you back 30 years (30 years!) to the precedent-setting computer conferencing environment Roxanne and Murray developed at he New Jersey Institute of Technology. Social media didn't just happen in some undergraduates dorm room a few years ago. It's been evolving for a long time.
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