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The Net Effect : Romanticism, Capitalism, and the Internet.

Author: Thomas Streeter
Publisher: New York : NYU Press, 2010.
Series: Critical cultural communication.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book about America's romance with computer communication looks at the internet, not as harbinger of the future or the next big thing, but as an expression of the times. Streeter demonstrates that our ideas about what connected computers are for have been in constant flux since their invention. In the 1950s they were imagined as the means for fighting nuclear wars, in the 1960s as systems for bringing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Streeter, Thomas.
Net Effect : Romanticism, Capitalism, and the Internet.
New York : NYU Press, ©2010
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Streeter
ISBN: 9780814708743 0814708749
OCLC Number: 819603203
Description: 1 online resource (232 pages).
Contents: Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 "Self-Motivating Exhilaration": On the Cultural Sources of Computer Communication; 2 Romanticism and the Machine: The Formation of the Computer Counterculture; 3 Missing the Net: The 1980s, Microcomputers, and the Rise of Neoliberalism; 4 Networks and the Social Imagination; 5 The Moment of Wired; 6 Open Source, the Expressive Programmer, and the Problem of Property; Conclusion: Capitalism, Passions, Democracy; Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Z; About the Author.
Series Title: Critical cultural communication.

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This book about America's romance with computer communication looks at the internet, not as harbinger of the future or the next big thing, but as an expression of the times. Streeter demonstrates that our ideas about what connected computers are for have been in constant flux since their invention. In the 1950s they were imagined as the means for fighting nuclear wars, in the 1960s as systems for bringing mathematical certainty to the messy complexity of social life, in the 1970s as countercultural playgrounds, in the 1980s as an icon for what's good about free markets, in the 1990s as a new f.

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