The total area network
The imperatives of technology and organisation, not the images of ideology, are what determine the shape of economic society J. K. Galbraith
It was not very long ago that users of the UK postal system had a choice of postboxes, one marked ‘local’, the other ‘national’. To use this system effectively, you had to know how it worked—that local letters would arrive more quickly, but would be delayed if misdirected through national routes. The current picture of information networks is analogous. The onus is placed on the user to ﬁnd out how the system works so that he...