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Within the developed world, much of society experiences political, economic, and cultural life through a set of communication technologies barely older than many citizens. Society Online: The Internet in Context examines how new media technologies have not simply diffused across society, but how they have rapidly and deeply become embedded in our organizations and institutions. Society Online is not exclusively devoted to a particular technology, or specifically the Internet, but to a range of technologies and technological possibilities labeled "new media." Rather than trying to cover every possible topic relating to new communication technologies, this unique text is organized by how these new technologies mediate the community, political, economic, personal, and global spheres of our social lives. Editors Philip N. Howard and Steve Jones explore the multiple research methods that are required to understand the embeddedness of new media.  

Conclusion: Contexting the Network
Conclusion: Contexting the network
SteveJones, University of Illinois at Chicago

It was back in high school during the 1970s, in a suburb of Chicago, that I first encountered a computer. In fact, it was via a network, the telephone system, that I actually encountered the computer. My high school had a teletypewriter and an acoustic coupler modem with which I, as a member of the high school computer club, was able to connect to a computer housed at one of our school district's other high schools. It was some months later, after my nerdish tendencies fully expressed themselves, that I visited the other high school with fellow members of the computer club to see the machine itself. It was about the size of ...

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