The Net Effect: Romanticism, Capitalism, and the Internet (Critical Cultural Communication)

By Thomas Streeter

2012 Honorable point out from the Association of Internet Researchers for his or her Annual most sensible publication Prize
Outstanding educational identify from 2011 by way of Choice Magazine 

This booklet approximately America's romance with desktop verbal exchange seems on the web, now not as harbinger of the longer term or the following colossal factor, yet as an expression of the days. Streeter demonstrates that our rules approximately what hooked up pcs are for were in consistent flux for the reason that their invention. within the Fifties they have been imagined because the capability for scuffling with nuclear wars, within the Sixties as platforms for bringing mathematical sure bet to the messy complexity of social existence, within the Seventies as countercultural playgrounds, within the Nineteen Eighties as an icon for what is sturdy approximately unfastened markets, within the Nineteen Nineties as a brand new frontier to be conquered and, by way of the past due Nineties, because the transcendence of markets in an anarchist open resource utopia.

The web Effect teases out how tradition has encouraged the development of the net and the way the constitution of the net has performed a task in cultures of social and political concept. It argues that the internet's actual and imagined anarchic features usually are not a fabricated from the know-how by myself, yet of the ancient peculiarities of the way it emerged and was once embraced. discovering a number of various traditions at paintings within the improvement of the internet—most uniquely, romanticism—Streeter demonstrates how the construction of expertise is shot via with profoundly cultural forces—with the deep weight of the remembered prior, and the pressures of shared passions made articulate.

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