The Internet Myth

From the Internet Imaginary to Network Ideologies

by Paolo Bory

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Book Description

The Internet Myth retraces and challenges the myth laying at the foundations of the network ideologies - the idea that networks, by themselves, are the main agents of social, economic, political and cultural change. By comparing and integrating different sources related to network histories, this book emphasizes how a dominant narrative has extensively contributed to the construction of the Internet myth while other visions of the networked society have been erased from the collective imaginary. The book decodes, analyzes and challenges the foundations of the network ideologies looking at how networks have been imagined, designed and promoted during the crucial phase of the 1990s.

Three case studies are scrutinized so as to reveal the complexity of network imaginaries in this decade: the birth of the Web and the mythopoesis of its inventor; and the histories of two Italian networking projects, the infrastructural plan Socrate and the civic network Iperbole, the first to give free Internet access to citizens.

The Internet Myth thereby provides a compelling and hidden sociohistorical narrative in order to challenge one of the most powerful myths of our time.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND). You can download The Internet Myth ebook for free in PDF format (16.6 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Internet Histories, Narratives and the Rise of the Network Ideology
 
Chapter 2
The Myth of the World Wide Web
 
Chapter 3
Lost Networks: The Socrate and Iperbole Projects in Italy
 
Chapter 4
Challenging the Network Ideologies
 

Book Details

Subject
Computer Science
Publisher
University of Westminster Press
Published
2020
Pages
169
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781912656752
ISBN10
1912656752
ISBN13 Digital
9781912656769
ISBN10 Digital
1912656760
PDF Size
16.6 MB
License
CC BY-NC-ND

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