Misunderstanding the Internet by James Curran, Natalie Fenton, Des Freedman

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James Curran, Natalie Fenton, Des Freedman - Misunderstanding the Internet
2012 | ISBN: 0415579562, 0415579589 | English | 208 pages | PDF | 3.7 MB


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 worlds 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 internets 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.

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