Critical Perspectives on the Internet


Critical Perspectives on the Internet



Edited by Greg Elmer.

Includes a chapter by College at Brockport faculty member Donna M. Kowal: Digitizing and globalizing indigenous voices : the Zapatista movement.

This critical reader of original essays places the boom and bust years of the Internet in a broad cultural context. Exploring the world of html, web browsers, cookies, online net guides, portals, and Internet service providers, this text includes the history of the Internet, interesting case studies and discussions on online community, user inequalities, and governance.

Within the larger issues of technological infrastructure, government policy, and globalization, Critical Perspectives on the Internet highlights both the limitations and possibilities of everyday Internet use. Does the net function as a space for radical social and political change? For challenging established media? What opportunities lie in the cracks and crevasses of net structure?

With its critical agenda for Internet studies, this text is a valuable tool for upper-level courses on the Internet, online communication, computer-mediated communication, communication and information technologies, and media and politics.



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Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, c2002.

xiii, 217 p. : illustrations ; 24 cm.


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Located in Drake Library at: ZA3225 .C758 2002

CONTENTS: Disorganizing the "new technology" / David Sholle -- A critical history of the Internet / Brian Martin Murphy -- The case of Web browser cookies : enabling/disabling convenience and relevance on the Web / Greg Elmer -- Surfing for knowledge in the information society / Richard Rogers and Andrés Zelman -- The myth of the unmarked net speaker / Alice Crawford -- Digitizing and globalizing indigenous voices : the Zapatista movement / Donna M. Kowal -- E-capital and the many-headed hydra / Nick Dyer-Witheford -- Convergence policy : it's not what you dance, it's the way you dance it / Marcus Breen -- Internet globalization and the political economy of infrastructure / Bram Dov Abramson.

Critical Perspectives on the Internet