Misunderstanding the Internet

Misunderstanding the Internet

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The growth of the internet has been spectacular. There are now more 1.5 billion internet users across the globe, about one quarter of the worlda€™s population. This is certainly a new phenomenon that is of enormous significance for the economic, political and social life of contemporary societies. However, much popular and academic writing about the internet takes a technologically deterministic view, assuming that the interneta€™s potential will be realised in essentially transformative ways. This was especially true in the euphoric moment of the mid-1990s, when many commentators wrote about the internet with awe and wonderment. While this moment may be over, its underlying technocentrism a€“ the belief that technology determines outcomes a€“ lingers on, and with it, a failure to understand the internet in its social, economic and political context. Misunderstanding the Internet is a short introduction, encompassing the history, sociology, politics and economics of the internet and its impact on society. The book has a simple three part structure: Part 1 looks at the history of the internet, and offers an overview of the interneta€™s place in society Part 2 focuses on the control and economics of the internet Part 3 examines the interneta€™s political and cultural influence Misunderstanding the Internet is a polemical, sociologically and historically informed textbook that aims to challenge both popular myths and existing academic orthodoxies around the internet.... Andrew 24 Keyhole 86 Killick, A. 158 Kim, Youna 55a€“56 Kindle 91 Klein, N. 152 Kroes, Nellie 114 Krugman, Paul 16 ... Sonia 107 Loader, B. 151 Lott, Trent 16 Magaziner, Ira 104a€“105 magazines 72 Mahathir, Mohamad24 majoritarianism anbsp;...

Title:Misunderstanding the Internet
Author: James Curran, Natalie Fenton, Des Freedman
Publisher:Routledge - 2012-03-12

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