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Soc. 100 Introduction to sociology

7 . The postindustrial economy is defined by

A . the spread of factories

B . mass production of goods and services

C . manufacturing of raw materials

D . computer technology

The postindustrial revolution is defined by computer technology . Since 1950 , a third technological transformation has been unleashed by the development of the computer . The crucial technology of a postindustrial age concerns information . Computer technology forms the core of an Information Revolution . And , just as the Industrial Revolution did , the Information Revolution is now generating a host of new , specialized occupations . From a

worker 's point of view , in the same way that the acquisition of technical skills held the key to success in the past , now workers must enhance their literacy skill as that is valued in the marketplace . The economic reality is that people unable to speak write , or otherwise communicate effectively face declining economic opportunity . Computer technology has reduced the role of human labor in production

But to those that are able to rise to the challenge of the Information Age , however , the coming decades will bring new opportunities

The information Revolution is changing not just what people do but where they do it . The last economic revolution centralized the work force in factories , a pattern demanded by energy sources and the enormity of the new machinery . Today , however , consultants , salespeople , architects , and other employees in new cottage industries ' can work virtually anywhere so long as they are equipped with computers facsimile (fax ) machines , electronic notebooks , and other new information devices that are increasingly lightweight and portable Today 's more educated and skilled workers also no longer require-and often do not tolerate - the close supervision that marked yesterday 's factories

Further , the Postindustrial economy , a productive system based on service work and high

technology is by nature an ongoing process


Henslin , James M (2006 . Sociology : A Down-to-Earth Approach , Core Concepts (2nd ED

New York : Allyn Bacon...

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