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Understanding the Internet: A Socio-Cultural Perspective

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The internet is an everyday part of our contemporary lives. This book explores how it is shaped and embedded within society, fostering new social worlds and ways of talking. Using a wide range of examples to examine economic, political and cultural issues, this book is crucial reading for all those studying society, media and technology.

Paperback, 233 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Jan 30, 2013 Laurel rated it did not like it
The best (and most coherent) thing about this book was the concluding chapter. Even though it was published in 2010, it was very out of date. I suspect it might have been the author's dissertation. The author, Bridgette Wessels, is an academic teaching in the UK.

In a chapter on "Exclusion, Inclusion and the Internet" she writes on page 114, "In the United States, the issue of language is particularly relevant to Hispanics and African Americans whose first language is not English". Huh? Yes, for
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Oct 20, 2011 Mark Hawker rated it it was amazing
A great book on how technologies are socially shaped and culturally forms which critiques social constructivism and the social shaping of technology while adopting the concept of domestication. Lots of examples of work, public policy, inclusion/exclusion and cyber culture.
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