The Internet is a medium with great consequences for social and economic life. This book is written to help people discern in what ways it has commanded the public imagination, and the methodological issues that arise when one tries to study and understand the social processes occurring within it. The contributors offer original responses in the search for, and critique of, methods with which to study the Internet and the social, political, economic, artistic, and communicative phenomena occurring within and around it.

Thinking the Internet: Cultural Studies Versus the Millennium

Thinking the internet: Cultural studies versus the millennium

Consider the role of the internet in the life of one of my students. She is an undergraduate at a large midwestern research university. She lives in the dormitories and walks a few blocks each morning to class. Between morning courses, she ducks into one of the many campus computing facilities and quickly checks her e-mail. She finds a note from a high school friend, several forwarded lists of jokes, and a few announcements about a club she once visited. She fires off a quick e-mail to one of her professors to see if they can meet the following day about a paper that will be due after the weekend. ...

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