Connectivity and Convergence: A Whimsical History of Internet Culture

20 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2015

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Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business; CUNY - The Graduate Center

Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: July 9, 2015

Abstract

The authors construct a timeline of critical events leading up to today’s highly networked and interconnected world with its ubiquitous social media technologies. The current state has been influenced by advances in media, technology, military defense, and commerce. One trend that stands out in this timeline is the increasing rate of change. There are more innovations today than at any time in human history. It also becomes apparent that the companies that will survive are the ones that are sensitive to changes in the competitive environment and can adapt. The companies that value creativity and diversity, including diversity of ideas, in their hires are the ones most likely to thrive.

Keywords: Computers, history of technology, Internet, ARPAnet, world wide web, expert predictions, social media, web 2.0, telephone, media, convergence, creativity

JEL Classification: M00, M10, M15, O32, O33, O35

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Linda Weiser and Friedman, Hershey H., Connectivity and Convergence: A Whimsical History of Internet Culture (July 9, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2628901 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2628901

Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business ( email )

17 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10010
United States

HOME PAGE: http://cisnet.baruch.cuny.edu/friedman/

CUNY - The Graduate Center

365 Fifth Avenue
New York,, NY 10016
United States

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

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