By James Curran, Natalie Fenton, Des Freedman

The progress of the net has been amazing. There at the moment are extra 1.5 billion web clients around the globe, approximately one zone of the world’s inhabitants. this can be definitely a brand new phenomenon that's of huge importance for the commercial, political and social lifetime of modern societies.

However, a lot renowned and educational writing in regards to the net takes a technologically deterministic view, assuming that the internet’s strength may be realised in primarily transformative methods. This used to be very true within the euphoric second of the mid-1990s, whilst many commentators wrote in regards to the net with awe and wonderment. whereas this second could be over, its underlying technocentrism – the assumption that expertise determines results – lingers on, and with it, a failure to appreciate the net in its social, monetary and political context.

Misunderstanding the Internet is a brief creation, encompassing the historical past, sociology, politics and economics of the web and its effect on society. The e-book has an easy 3 half structure:
<UL> • half 1 appears to be like on the historical past of the net, and provides an outline of the internet’s position in society
• half 2 specializes in the regulate and economics of the web
• half three examines the internet’s political and cultural influence


Misunderstanding the Internet is a polemical, sociologically and traditionally trained textbook that goals to problem either well known myths and present educational orthodoxies round the internet.

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