MDST110 Electronic Coursebook for Students
Information Technology and Digital Media Studies
Prof. David Golumbia
University of Virginia
Fall 2004
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12. Computers and Commerce

Mon Oct 18, 2004

The impact of computers on the commercial world, including the use of computers within business and to transact commerce; the digitization of capital; sale of computers and computer-related products; major business software practices; the dot-com bubble.

I. The Information Economy

II. The Computerized Business

III. eCommerce: Business on the Web

IV. The Computer as Business


Study Questions

  1. Are there other ways of imagining what the commercial web might have looked like?
  2. How might the history of computers be different if the two major monopolistic companies (IBM and Microsoft) had historically been restrained from these practices?
  3. What or parts of industries have not yet been computerized, and in what ways?
  4. Is it possible to conceive of a business in which virtually all functions have been replaced by computers?

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