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.
Chapter Six: Making Room for the Internet
Making Room for the Internet
The title of this chapter plays on Lynn Spigel's (1992) book Make room for TV: television and the family ideal in postwar America. In her study Spigel set herself the task to explain how, over the course of a single decade, television became part of daily routines and how people experienced the arrival of television in their homes. In order to be able to recover this lost history, Spigel turned to popular women's magazines from the postwar period and found them saturated with representations of the new technology of television and the new practice of viewing in the home setting. Popular magazines expressed a ‘set of cultural anxieties’ surrounding television and engaged the public in a ...