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Does IT Matter, Why and Why Not?

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IT does not matter, is he right, why or why not?
Nicholas G Carr makes his argument comparing the developments of the Industrial Revolution such as the rail road, electricity, and the telegraph with the fairly new experiences in Information Technology like the Internet, personal computers, and investments in infrastructure technology using terms from Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, Marketing, and Strategic Management such as spending power, competitive advantage, supply and demand, economies of scale, barriers to competition, oligopolies, differentiations, and others. It cannot be argued that he is an expert in those fields at least in theory, which is inferred from the reading of his biography in Wikipedia. According to the online encyclopedia, he is an accomplished writer, professional speaker, and researcher who won much recognition like the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction; therefore, it is challenging to argue his article from those perspectives. After reading his article three times, it became clear that he is right in most of his comments. In fact there are only a couple of instances in which he contradicts his own ideas. But the agreed statements outnumber them by a large margin; probably 25 to 2; then, after noticing the outnumbering of pros against cons, the purpose of this response became clear: yes he is right, “ IT does not matter.” In order to support that he is right, some statements from his article, in which there is agreement, will be backed up by research and opinion from different sources in the Internet. Before demonstrating agreement with his statements, there are three caveats to keep in mind: There are a few fallacies that contradict some of his statements like the fallacy of authority, argument by...

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...e curiosity and desire to know whether “IT does matter?”

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