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The Computer Boys Take Over

Computers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise
Nathan L. Ensmenger local 


The Computer Boys Take OverThis is a book about the computer revolution of the mid-20th century and the people who made it possible. Unlike most histories of computing, it is not a book about machines, inventors, or entrepreneurs. Instead, it tells the story of the vast but largely anonymous legions of computer specialists—programmers, systems analysts, and other software developers—who transformed the electronic computer from a scientific curiosity into the defining technology of the modern era. Known alternatively as "whiz kids," "hackers," and "gurus," this new breed of technical specialists were alternately admired for their technical prowess and despised for their eccentric mannerisms and the disruptive potential of the technologies they developed. As the systems that they built became evermore powerful and ubiquitous, these specialists became the focus of a series of critiques of the social and organizational impact of electronic computing. To many of their contemporaries, it seemed the "computer boys" were taking over, not just in the corporate setting, but also in government, politics, and society in general.

In The Computer Boys Take Over, Nathan Ensmenger traces the rise to power of the computer expert in modern American society. He follows the history of computer programming from its origins as low-status, largely feminized labor in the secret wartime computing projects through its reinvention as a glamorous "black art" practiced by "computer cowboys" in the 1950s through its rationalization in the 1960s as the academic discipline of computer science and the software engineering profession. His rich and nuanced portrayal of the men and women (a surprising number of the "computer boys" were, in fact, female) who built their careers around the novel technology of electronic computing explores issues of power, identity, and expertise that have only become more significant to our increasingly computerized society. His detailed analysis of the pervasive "software crisis" rhetoric of the late 1960s shows how seemingly technical debates about how to manage large-scale software development projects reflected deeper concerns about the growing power and influence of technical specialists in corporate, academic, and governmental organizations.

In his recasting of the drama of the computer revolution through the eyes of its principle revolutionaries, Ensmenger reminds us that the computerization of modern society was not an inevitable process driven by impersonal technological or economic imperatives, but was rather a creative, contentious, and above all, fundamentally human development.
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Frederick P. Brooks , Sherry Turkle

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Computercomputer , Gesellschaftsociety , Informatikcomputer science , Programmierenprogramming , Softwaresoftware , Software EngineeringSoftware Engineering , Technologietechnology
Jahr  Umschlag Titel Abrufe IBOBKBLB
1972 local  The Mythical Man-Month (Frederick P. Brooks) 2, 7, 15, 2, 3, 2, 7, 6, 1, 8, 10, 1 69613360
1984  local  The Second Self (Sherry Turkle) 1, 6, 14, 2, 1, 4, 8, 2, 9, 7, 13, 3 1527636151

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icon13 Erwähnungen  Dies ist eine nach Erscheinungsjahr geordnete Liste aller im Biblionetz vorhandenen Werke, die das ausgewählte Thema behandeln.

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The Mythical Man-Month

Essays on Software Engineering

(Frederick P. Brooks) (1972) local 

Understanding Media

The Extensions of Man

(Marshall McLuhan) (1966) local 

Changing Minds

Computers, Learning and Literacy

(Andrea diSessa) (2001) local 

Weaving the Web

(Tim Berners-Lee, Mark Fischetti) (1999) local 

The Cathedral and the Bazaar

(E. Raymond) (1999) local 

The Closed World

Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America

(Paul N. Edwards) (1996)

Reassembling the Social

An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory

(Bruno Latour) (2005) local 

A Sociology of Monsters

Essays on Power, Technology and Domination

(John Law) (1991)

Cutting Code

Software and Sociality

(Adrian Mackenzie) (2006) local 

The Philosophy of Software

Code and Mediation in the Digital Age

(David M. Berry) (2011) local 

The Network Society

A Cross-Cultural Perspective

(Manuel Castells) (2004) local 

Speaking Code

Coding as Aesthetic and Political Expression

(Geoff Cox, Alex McLean, Franco Bifo Berardi) (2012) local 

Recoding Gender

Women's Changing Participation in Computing

(Janet Abbate) (2012) local 

The Control Revolution

Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society

(Robert Beniger) (1986) local 

Connected Code

Why Children Need to Learn Programming

(Yasmin B. Kafai, Quinn Burke) (2014)  local 

Learner-Centered Design of Computing Education

Research on Computing for Everyone

(Mark Guzdial) (2015) local web 

Software Studies

A Lexicon

(Matthew Fuller) (2008) local 

Digitale Datenbanken

Eine Medientheorie im Zeitalter von Big Data

(Marcus Burkhardt) (2015) local web 

The Science of Computing

Shaping a Discipline

(Matti Tedre) (2004) local 

Weapons of Math Destruction

How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

(Cathy O’Neil) (2016)  local 

Algorithms of Oppression

How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

(Safiya Umoja Noble) (2018) local 

The Stack

On Software and Sovereignty

(Benjamin H. Bratton) (2015) local 

Computation and Human Experience

(Philip E. Agre) (1997) local 

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