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Reviewer: Ruggero Rossi Tags: There is no tags Comments: 0

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Facebook is indeed an innovation. At least as a marketing tool, then most probably also as a way of communicating. For sure it has an influence on the society, let’s think about its role in the 2011 Egyptian and Tusinian revolutions. So studying Facebook can give useful hints about innovations and about the social change [...]

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Reviewer: Ruggero Rossi Tags: There is no tags Comments: 0

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The title of the book introduces clearly the topic: Arthur tries to describe what technology is and what are the processes and mechanisms that drive the creation and evolution of technology. Because of the clarity of Arthur exposition, the book results interesting also to a non-academic public, still carving deeply at the root of the topic. [...]

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Reviewer: Ruggero Rossi Tags: There is no tags Comments: 1

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This book is an historical study of innovations, starting from 11th century. The author writes about the birth process of many (technical) innovations, describing the socio-cultural environment, the actors that were responsible for the innovation, the relationships between actors and their motivations. It results evident from the beginning how the drivers of innovations can be [...]

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Reviewer: Ruggero Rossi Tags: There is no tags Comments: 0

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The author is a mainstream economist and in this book he analyzes innovation and its relationship with globalized market. In the beginning the Bhidé communicates his little trust in neoclassical theories about innovation and commerce, and he explains that his method of inquiry is similar to a “common law” trial, were various witnesses are heard, experts from different [...]

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Reviewer: Alberto Lusoli Tags: There is no tags Comments: 0

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The book begins with an image, the image proposed by Plato in the Cave’s myth. The book suddenly introduce the main question, are we [members of the modern society] trapping ourselves in Plato’s Cave? The question is rhetorical, the real problem is can we escape from the cave? Like in the original tale, the answer [...]

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Reviewer: Petter Tornberg Tags: There is no tags Comments: 0

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While in many ways an interesting summary of many of the problems with contemporary economics, this book lacks somewhat both in theoretic depth and presentation. For a book on economic theory, a lot of the focus is on criticizing the actual economy and societal organization, rather than economics as a theoretical framework. The rather well-known [...]

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Reviewer: Alberto Lusoli Tags: There is no tags Comments: 0

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Satisfaction Guaranteed, written by Susan Strasser in 1989, is a long journey across the first decades of the mass market era. Starting from the mid-XIX century, Susan Strasser analyzes how consumption habits changed after the second industrial revolution. During the last decades of the XIX century, advancement in machines and ways of production, both in agriculture and the [...]

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Reviewer: Anton Tornberg Tags: There is no tags Comments: 0

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In this book Martin sets out to answer the question; where do structures come from? The main focus of the book is thus to reconstruct and investigate the process whereby individual relationships combine to form structural units, which in turn aggregate to form large-scale structures. In other words, he seeks to investigate how social structure [...]

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This book describes the development of the PR industry during the 20th century and how it has influenced and still is influencing the development of modern society. Ewen describes the early ideas of Crowd Theory from ultra-conservative thinkers like Gustave Le Bon (1896), and how these ideas came to influence more practical ideas on how [...]

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Reviewer: Petter Tornberg Tags: There is no tags Comments: 1

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This book tells the story of how ideas of cybernetics, a scientific movement in many ways a forerunner to complexity science, combined with ICT to play an important role in the development of Allende’s socialism in Chile. Through this historical case study, the book addresses a number of questions: 1. How governments envisioned computers for [...]

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