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  • The Internet Myth

    From the Internet Imaginary to Network Ideologies

    Paolo Bory

    Part of the Critical, Digital and Social Media Studies series.
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    β€˜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.’ β€” 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.

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    How to cite this book
    Bory, P. 2020. The Internet Myth: From the Internet Imaginary to Network Ideologies. London: University of Westminster Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16997/book48
    Bory, P. (2020) The Internet Myth: From the Internet Imaginary to Network Ideologies. London: University of Westminster Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16997/book48
    Bory, Paolo. The Internet Myth: From the Internet Imaginary to Network Ideologies. University of Westminster Press, 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16997/book48
    Bory, P. (2020). The Internet Myth: From the Internet Imaginary to Network Ideologies. London: University of Westminster Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16997/book48
    Bory, Paolo. The Internet Myth: From the Internet Imaginary to Network Ideologies. London: University of Westminster Press, 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16997/book48




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    Additional Information

    Published on April 29, 2020

    Language

    English

    Pages:

    169

    ISBN
    EPUB 978-1-912656-77-6
    Mobi 978-1-912656-78-3
    Paperback 978-1-912656-75-2
    PDF 978-1-912656-76-9

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    https://doi.org/10.16997/book48