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VOL,. 75 NO. 5 ECONOMIC HISTORY MAY 1985 pp.332-337
Clio and the Economics of QWERTY
By Paul. A. David
Still more critical to the outcome was the fact that, in contrast to the hardware subsystems of which QWERTY or other keyboards were a part, the larger system of production was nobody's design. Rather like the proverbial Topsy, and much else in the hstory of economies besides, it "jes' growed."
The advent of "touch" typing, a distinct advance over the four-finger hunt-and-peck method, came late in the 1880's and was critical, because ths innovation was from its inception adapted to the Remington's QWERTY keyboard.
Re: To "Grow like Topsy"
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In Harriet Beecher Stowe’s "Uncle Tom’s Cabin", Topsy, a wild young slave girl says at one stage: "I s'pect I just growed. Don't think nobody never made me." The phrase "growed [later 'grew'] like Topsy"
entered the language, and is still heard. For example, then Prime Minister (of Australia) John Howard once pronounced: "The economy is growing like Topsy". . . .
- Everett Rogers, Diffusion of Innovations , 3rd ed. (New York: Free Press, 1983)
(E・R・ロジャーズ 「イノベーション普及学」 青池慎一、宇野善康監訳 浜田とも子他訳 産能大学出版部 1990)
平野 良貴 <email@example.com>, Sota Kamaike <firstname.lastname@example.org>, YAMAGATA Hiroo <email@example.com>”Guns, Germs and Steel” Further Readings Ch13-14