The Internet Myth



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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.

Table of contents

  • Internet Histories, Narratives and the Rise of the Network Ideology
  • The Myth of the World Wide Web
  • Lost Networks: The Socrate and Iperbole Projects in Italy
  • Challenging the Network Ideologies
Pages : 169
Size : 16.6 MB
File type : PDF
Downloads: 49
Created: 2022-02-03
License: CC BY-NC-ND
Author(s): Paolo Bory
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