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The net effect : romanticism, capitalism, and the internet / Thomas Streeter.

By: Streeter, Thomas.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Critical cultural communication: Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2011]Copyright date: ©2011Description: ix, 221 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780814741160 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0814741169 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780814741153; 0814741150.Subject(s): Computers and civilization | Computers -- Social aspects | Information technology -- Social aspects | Internet -- Social aspectsAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Net effect.DDC classification: 303.48/33
Contents:
"Self-motivating exhilaration" : on the cultural sources of computer communication -- Romanticism and the machine : the formation of the computer counterculture -- Missing the net : the 1980s, microcomputers, and the rise of neoliberalism -- Networks and the social imagination -- The moment of wired -- Open source, the expressive programmer, and the problem of property -- Conclusion : capitalism, passions, democracy.
Summary: This book about America's romance with computer communication looks at the Internet, not as a harbinger of the future or the next big thing, but as an expression of the times. Streeter demonstrates that our ideas about what connected computers are for have been in constant flux since their invention. In the 1950s they were imagined as the means for fighting nucelar wars, in the 1960s as systems for bringing mathematical certainty to the messy complexity of social life, in the 1970s as countercultural playgrounds, in the 1980s as an icon for what's good about free markets, in the 1990s as a new frontier to be conquered, and, by the late 1990s, as the transcendence of markets in an anarchist open source utopia. The Net Effect teases out how culture has influenced the construction of the internet and how the structure of the internet has played a role in cultures of social and political thought.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-211) and index.

"Self-motivating exhilaration" : on the cultural sources of computer communication -- Romanticism and the machine : the formation of the computer counterculture -- Missing the net : the 1980s, microcomputers, and the rise of neoliberalism -- Networks and the social imagination -- The moment of wired -- Open source, the expressive programmer, and the problem of property -- Conclusion : capitalism, passions, democracy.

This book about America's romance with computer communication looks at the Internet, not as a harbinger of the future or the next big thing, but as an expression of the times. Streeter demonstrates that our ideas about what connected computers are for have been in constant flux since their invention. In the 1950s they were imagined as the means for fighting nucelar wars, in the 1960s as systems for bringing mathematical certainty to the messy complexity of social life, in the 1970s as countercultural playgrounds, in the 1980s as an icon for what's good about free markets, in the 1990s as a new frontier to be conquered, and, by the late 1990s, as the transcendence of markets in an anarchist open source utopia. The Net Effect teases out how culture has influenced the construction of the internet and how the structure of the internet has played a role in cultures of social and political thought.

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The Net Effect is an excellent resource for anyone researching the influence of society on technology. Traditionally, corporations and computer information specialists that emphasized "technological determinism" (i.e., technology shapes society) seemed to have a larger voice. This book does a good job of offering counterarguments to this technological determinist view and other commonly held beliefs. Streeter (sociology, Univ. of Vermont; Selling the Air, CH, Nov'96, 34-1621) takes readers through the history of computers, with a focus on people as active participants in technology developments, not just as recipients of technology. The author provides an endless number of historical examples of how society, politics, and businesses influenced the direction of computers and technology. This work is perfect for a student searching for a specific example or case study for a paper. It is also useful for computer information specialists, especially those interested in human-computer interaction. The coverage of the romanticism intrinsic to the open source community will be important to many programmers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Academic, general, and professional readers, all levels. S. A. Patton Delta State University

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Thomas Streeter is professor of sociology at the University of Vermont. He is the author of Selling the Air: A Critique of the Policy of Commercial Broadcasting in the United States.

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