World at Your Fingertips, The

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World at Your Fingertips, The

  • 1992 ----- color ----- 58 min ----- withdrawn -----
  • (Machine That Changed the World series) Americans live in the freest country on the planet, but we are also the most counted, recorded, questioned, dossiered and filed; the same computers that free us to work, shop, play and organize our lives also enable others to keep track of almost everything we do. Looks at the social revolution wrought by computers, and at what price: the disappearance of place as an attribute, the loss of privacy, the pollution of information--and the transmission, sharing and replication of polluted information; and the near-catastrophes that can occur when (as happened in the October 1987 stock market plunge) computer networks take on a life of their own.
  • Topics: (Business Administration, Computer Sciences, Sociology)