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The Internet Myth

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ISBN: 9781912656752 Year: Pages: 169 DOI: 10.16997/book48 Language: English
Publisher: University of Westminster Press
Subject: Information theory --- Philosophy --- Social Sciences --- Computer Science --- Media and communication --- History
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‘The Internet is broken and Paolo Bory knows how we got here. In a powerful book based on original research, Bory carefully documents the myths, imaginaries, and ideologies that shaped the material and cultural history of the Internet. As important as this book is to understand our shattered digital world, it is essential for those who would fix it.’ — Vincent Mosco, author of The Smart City in a Digital World 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 title has been published with the financial assistance of the Fondazione Hilda e Felice Vitali, Lugano, Switzerland.

Early Printed Narrative Literature in Western Europe

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ISBN: 9783110563016 9783110563108 9783110563009 Year: Pages: 395 DOI: 10.1515/9783110563108 Language: French
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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The shift from hand-written to printed books left its mark on narrative literature in Western Europe. The essays in this volume address developments in the history of early printed narrative texts as well as publication strategies in a number of vernacular languages. Topics covered include the selection of texts that made it into print, stages in their printed history, textual adaptations, the use of woodcuts and the development of title pages.

Im Rauschen der Schweizer Alpen

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Book Series: Musik und Klangkultur ISBN: 9783839451649 Year: Pages: 266 DOI: 10.14361/9783839451649 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Subject: Media and communication
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