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The New Communications Technologies, 5th Edition by Barbara Morgenstern, Michael Mirabito

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3        Computer Technology Primer

The computer played a pivotal role in launching the communication revolution. This is particularly true of the microcomputer, also known as the personal computer. The PC has made it possible for us to complete jobs ranging from designing spreadsheets to creating graphics for a news show.

PCs have also influenced a new generation of audio and video equipment. As described in later chapters, PCs, other computer systems, and microprocessors have touched almost every phase of the production process.1 Consequently, this chapter serves as an introduction to computer technology and its complementary communications applications. It also provides a foundation for exploring the computer’s roles at work, at home, and ...

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