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Chapter 1: The Internet and its Social Landscape
Whether it be film, television, radio, the Internet, virtually any medium of communication that relies on technology will at one time or another find itself deemed to be causing a “revolution.” And just as quickly one will find some segments of society in opposition to that revolution.
Such is now the case with the evolution of technologies for computer-mediated communication (CMC), particularly the development of the Internet. Backlash toward these technologies has begun already and some decry the loss of personality that often accompanies the mediation of communication via computer; others lament the amount of time taken away from face-to-face interaction by technologies that require expertise, undivided attention, or even appear addictive. Clifford Stoll ...