A People's History of Computing in the United States

Joy Lisi Rankin (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$29.95  $27.55
Publisher
Harvard University Press
Publish Date
October 08, 2018
Pages
336
Dimensions
6.4 X 1.1 X 9.3 inches | 1.45 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780674970977
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About the Author

Joy Lisi Rankin is assistant professor of the history of science and technology at Michigan State University. She served as a consultant for the documentaries The Birth of BASIC and The Queen of Code, and the television show Girls Code. Prior to entering the academy, Rankin had a successful career launching educational programs for students of all ages, which took her around the country. Her website is JoyRankin.com.

Reviews

Digital computers were brought to us by their inventors, a story frequently told. The digital revolution, in contrast, was brought to us by computer users, and that story--as vividly narrated by Joy Rankin in A People's History of Computing in the United States--deserves to be better known.--George Dyson, author of Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe
A fascinating story of personal and social computing long before the advent of personal computers, the internet, and social media. A compelling challenge to the traditional male-dominated narrative of the importance of personal computers and ARPANET in laying the groundwork for today's digital world.--Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College
We're familiar with the story of an American computing culture created by great men--geniuses and mavericks. Very rarely have we heard about exceptional women who made significant contributions to hardware and software development. A People's History of Computing in the United States subverts that old story and takes us into the homes, classrooms, and offices of ordinary Americans--girls and boys, women and men--who built an extraordinary, vibrant digital culture long before the arrival of the PC in the 1980s. The girls (and boys) who code today are the successors to the democratic computing culture that once thrived in this country.--Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code
A powerful and densely detailed account of how digital culture in the 1960s and '70s shaped our contemporary experiences of technology as a tool for social connection...As Rankin's analysis shows, racism and misogyny played a part in molding digital culture from its inception.--The Nation (01/30/2019)
Obviously inspired by Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, Joy Lisi Rankin's book positions itself as a corrective to what she calls 'Silicon Valley mythology.'--Marta Figlerowicz"Public Books" (02/25/2019)
Highly recommended... Rankin's study offers insight into some of the unsung pioneers of personal computing--namely, the teachers and students who were using computers to program poems, build games, exchange messages, and build online communities back in the 1960s to 1970s... A fascinating historical account of early experiments in online learning and edtech.--Cait Etherington"ElearningInside News" (12/23/2018)
If you're interested in computing's present, then this is one of the books you need to read about its past... Kudos to Joy Rankin on this timely, relevant new release.--Marie Hicks, author of Programmed Inequality