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Now Random House offers a computer program to be used in college-level introductory sociology courses.

Now Random House offers a computer program to be used in college-level introductory sociology courses. Social Indicators Game, written by Robert K. Leik,  et al., is both a learning drill and a game, but not the arcade variety with joystick controller and sound effects.

Insert the diskette in the Apple II disk drive, turn the power on, and you are told that you have been appointed ruler of Cosmic Colony. But before you can assume the post, you must take a little course in social indicators. You are then led through some brief lessons(10-20 minutes) which show with excellent moving graphics how correlations work and how tech no logical development leads to employment, productivity, better health care, and life satisfaction. After you pass the simple test at the end, you are in charge of Cosmic Colony.

The year is 2084. You watch a screen with eight social indicators: technological development, productivity, health, life expectancy, unem ployment, poverty, cultural level, and social unrest. About every four seconds the screen changes, reflecting a new year, then showing with arrows how a change in one variable affects the others. Things continue in a relatively orderly sequence unless you are attacked by space invaders, or suffer a meteor shower or an epidemic of space spores (apparently random occurrenc es). As head of Cosmic Colony, you...

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