Internet Society investigates Internet use and its implications for society through insights into the daily experiences of ordinary users. Drawing on an original study of non-professional, 'ordinary' users at home, this book examines how people interpret, domesticate, and creatively appropriate the Internet by integrating it into the projects and activities of their everyday lives.
The thousands of people who buy a health magazine, the customers in a supermarket, the practitioners of urban space, the consumers of newspaper stories and legends – what do they make of what they ‘absorb’, receive and pay for? What do they do with it?
When I came to North America in the early 1990s and first heard the words ‘Internet’ and ‘cyberspace’, they were already the key icons of a new mythology. Making my way through the ample stock of media and academic texts detailing the phenomena denoted by these words, I encountered imaginative accounts of what computer networking was going to do for individuals and society. For ...