The New Conservatism and a New World Ord18

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The New Conservatism and a New World Order The Reagan Years A SOCIETY IN TRANSITION Shifts in the structure of American society, begun years or even decades earlier, had  become apparent by the time the 1980s arrived. The composition of the population and  the most important jobs and skills in American society had undergone major changes. The dominance of service jobs in the economy became undeniable. By the mid-1980s,  nearly three-fourths of all employees worked in the service sector, for instance, as retail  clerks,  office  workers, teachers, physicians, and government employees. Service-sector activity benefited from the availability and increased use of the computer. 
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Unformatted text preview: The information age arrived, with hardware and software that could aggregate previously unimagined amounts of data about economic and social trends. The federal government had made significant investments in computer technology in the 1950s and 1960s for its military and space programs. In 1976, two young California entrepreneurs, working out of a garage, assembled the first widely marketed computer for home use, named it the Apple, and ignited a revolution. By the early 1980s, millions of microcomputers had found their way into U.S. businesses and homes, and in 1982, Time magazine dubbed the computer its "Machine of the Year."...
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