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Internet Histories

1st Edition

Edited by Niels Brügger, Gerard Goggin, Ian Milligan, Valérie Schafer


204 pages

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Hardback: 9781138570429
pub: 2018-01-16

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In 2017, the new journal Internet Histories was founded. As part of the process of defining a new field, the journal editors approached leading scholars in this dynamic, interdisciplinary area. This book is thus a collection of eighteen short thought-provoking pieces, inviting discussion about Internet histories. They raise and suggest current and future issues in the scholarship, as well as exploring the challenges, opportunities, and tensions that underpin the research terrain. The book explores cultural, political, social, economic, and industrial dynamics, all part of a distinctive historiographical and theoretical approach which underpins this emerging field.

The international specialists reflect upon the scholarly scene, laying out the field’s research successes to date, as well as suggest the future possibilities that lie ahead in the field of Internet histories. While the emphasis is on researcher perspectives, interviews with leading luminaries of the Internet’s development are also provided. As histories of the Internet become increasingly important, Internet Histories is a useful roadmap for those contemplating how we can write such works. One cannot write many histories of the 1990s or later without thinking of digital media – and we hope that Internet Histories will be an invaluable resource for such studies. This book was originally published as the first issue of the Internet Histories journal.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Internet histories Niels Brügger, Gerard Goggin, Ian Milligan and Valérie Schafer

1. What and where is the Internet? (Re)defining Internet histories Janet Abbate

2. Hagiography, revisionism & blasphemy in Internet histories Andrew L. Russell

3. A common language Marc Weber

4. Can we write a cultural history of the Internet? If so, how? Fred Turner

5. Searching for missing "net histories" Kevin Driscoll and Camille Paloque-Berges

6. Out from the PLATO cave: uncovering the pre-Internet history of social computing Steve Jones and Guillaume Latzko-Toth

7. Internet histories: the view from the design process Sandra Braman

8. The Internet as a structure of feeling: 1992–1996 Thomas Streeter

9. Precorporation: or what financialisation can tell us about the histories of the Internet Greg Elmer

10. Internet in the Middle East: an asymmetrical model of development Ilhem Allagui

11. The unexplored history of operationalising digital divides: a pilot study Bianca C. Reisdorf, William H. Dutton, Whisnu Triwibowo and Michael E. Nelson

12. Early challenges to multilingualism on the Internet: the case of Han character-based scripts Mark McLelland

13. African histories of the Internet Herman Wasserman

14. Notes from/dev/null Finn Brunton

15. Archaeology of the Amsterdam digital city; why digital data are dynamic and should be treated accordingly Gerard Alberts, Marc Went and Robert Jansma

16. Doing Web history with the Internet Archive: screencast documentaries Richard Rogers

17. Breaking in to the mainstream: demonstrating the value of internet (and web) histories Jane Winters

18. For a dynamic and post-digital history of the Internet: a research agenda Leopoldina Fortunati

19. Interview Valérie Schafer

About the Editors

Niels Brügger is Professor of Internet Studies and Digital Humanities at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Gerard Goggin is Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Ian Milligan is Associate Professor of History at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Valérie Schafer is a Historian at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies