One of the most significant and important advancements in information and communication technology over the past 20 years is the introduction and expansion of the Internet. Now almost universally available, the Internet brings us email, global voice and video communications, research repositories, reference libraries, and almost unlimited opportunities for daily activities. Bridging geographical distances in unprecedented ways, the Internet has impacted all aspects of our daily lives – from facilitating the running of businesses, the attainment of services and keeping in touch with friends and family. Accessible at any time and for many of us from our mobile phones, the Internet has opened up a world of knowledge and communication platforms that we cannot now imagine living without. This book explores the concept that the Internet has become a second action space for individuals. Coexisting with traditional and "obvious" real space, the Internet serves as a novel spatial platform and action space to its subscribers all over the world. Kellerman expertly discusses this notion and examines the practical integration of cyberspace with real space.
Part I examines the Internet as a platform for action and presents its relations with physical space concerning a range of uses and applications which were traditionally performed in physical space only. It discusses the idea that the Internet has become a second space and explores theoretical perspectives surrounding this notion. The Internet has undeniably made humankind more efficient and connected. Part II explores the Internet as an action space for human life, considering basic human needs, curiosity, identity and social relations. It further considers instances whereby use and application of the Internet cannot be fully performed in real space, mainly regarding people’s presentation of identity. Part III explores daily actions over the Internet, such as work, shopping, banking and social interactions. Kellerman also briefly touches on the darker aspects that the expansion of the Internet has made possible – including its role in fraud and other crimes. The concluding chapter discusses people living across the two spaces and identifies potential future developments.
The Internet as Second Actions Space will appeal to students across the social sciences, in particular those studying Geography, Sociology, Media Studies, Internet Studies, Business and related disciplines.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Internet as a Platform For Action Space 1. The Internet as Second Space 2. Theoretical Perspectives on the Internet as Second Action Space 3. Internet Operations
Part II: Human Needs and the Internet 4. Human Basic Needs and Their Provision 5. Curiosity and its Satiation 6. Personal Identity
Part III: The Internet As An Action Space For Individuals 7. Daily Activities 8. Social Networking 9. Darker Actions over the Internet 10. Conclusion
Aharon Kellerman is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography, University of Haifa, Israel, and President, Zefat Academic College, Israel. He also serves as Vice-President of the International Geographical Union (IGU), and acts as Honorary Chair of its Commission on the Geography of the Information Society, which he established and chaired. He has published six books; five monographs; over 70 refereed articles; 60 book chapters; numerous conference proceedings and book reviews.
"[T]here is more than enough in the way of theoretical insights and challenges for the average undergraduate, as well as for the rest of us, to make this little book a worthwhile investment." – Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Oscar H. Gandy Jr., University of Pennsylvania, USA