One more at TPMCafe Book Club's discussion of Eric Rauchway's book, The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction:
Information Technology and Economic Security, by Mark Thoma: Eric asks a good question:
As the New Deal abetted America's move from the countryside to the city, it also saved memories of the ways of life lost.
Are we truly in a similar transition now -- to a post-suburban world, to a post-paper world? What folkways do we want documented?
I don't think we fully understand or appreciate the social, economic, and political changes the information revolution revolution will bring. I will leave it to the historians to document these changes, and I'll talk briefly instead about how the advance of information and other technology will impact -- has already impacted -- our economic security. [...continue reading...]