• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Analyzing the Web: Directions and Challenges
Analyzing the web: Directions and challenges

The late 20th century has witnessed the development and growth of the Internet much like the post-World War II era saw the growth of television. Use of the Internet, and applications such as the World Wide Web (WWW), is no longer a novelty but is becoming as commonplace as the use of the telephone and the television. To be sure, this increasing transparency of the Internet leads to questions about the impact of this technology on the lives of its users as well as nonusers. This chapter is a move toward developing a critical framework to begin to understand this phenomenon in a systematic way.

The use of the Internet is becoming increasingly ingrained as ...

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