Misunderstanding the Internet
Un libro in lingua di James Curran Natalie Fenton Des Freedman edito da Taylor & Francis, 2012
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- Titolo del Libro in lingua: Misunderstanding the Internet
- Lingua: English
- Autori : James Curran Natalie Fenton Des Freedman
- Editore: Taylor & Francis
- Collana: Taylor & Francis (Hardcover)
- Data di Pubblicazione: 19 Aprile '12
- Genere: Computers Internet General
- Argomenti : Internet Social aspects Internet Economic aspects Internet Political aspects
- Pagine: 194
- ISBN-10: 0415579562
- ISBN-13: 9780415579568
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 world’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 internet’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 – the belief that technology determines outcomes – 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:
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.