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Misunderstanding the Internet

Author: James Curran; Natalie Fenton; Des Freedman
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2012.
Series: Communication and society (Routledge (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Curran; Natalie Fenton; Des Freedman
ISBN: 9780415579568 0415579562 9780415579582 0415579589 9780203146484 0203146484
OCLC Number: 644679307
Description: 194 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. I. Overview. Reinterpreting the internet /James Curran ; Rethinking internet history / James Curran --
Part II. Political economy of the Internet. Web 2.0 and the death of the blockbuster economy / Des Freedman ; Outsourcing internet regulation / Des Freedman --
Part III. Internet and power. The internet and social networking / Natalie Fenton ; The internet and radical policies / Natalie Fenton --
Part IV. Looking forward. Conclusion / James Curran, Des Freedman and Natalie Fenton.
Series Title: Communication and society (Routledge (Firm))
Responsibility: James Curran, Natalie Fenton, and Des Freedman.

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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 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' 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: Part 1 looks at the history of the internet, and offers an overview of the internet's place in society ; Part 2 focuses on the control and economics of the internet ; Part 3 examines the internet'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."

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