In the early 1990s, people predicted the death of privacy, an end to the current concept of 'property,' a paperless society, 500 channels of high-definition interactive television, world peace, and the extinction of the human race after a takeover engineered by intelligent machines. Imagining the Internet zeroes in on predictions about the Internet's future and revisits past predictions-and how they turned out. It gives the history of communications in a nutshell, illustrating the serious impact of pervasive networks and how they will change our lives over the next century.
Janna Quitney Anderson is the director of Internet projects and assistant professor of communications in the School of Communications at Elon University, North Carolina.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1 The Internet at the Forefront Chapter 3 2 From Bonfires and Bongos to the Web Chapter 4 3 Web Gems Chapter 5 4 The "Highway" Metaphor Chapter 6 5 Knocking the Net Chapter 7 6 Saddam, O.J., and the Unabomber Chapter 8 7 Nothing is Certain but Death and Taxes Chapter 9 8 Aristotle, Jefferson, Marx, and McLuhan Chapter 10 9 Supporters Crow about "500 Channels" and Everyone Warns about "Infoglut" Chapter 11 10 Voices of the Net Chapter 12 11 The Threat to Freedom; to the Earth Chapter 13 12 The Future of Networks Chapter 14 13 Nobody Knows You're a Dog Chapter 15 14 Hmmm...Will it Happen? Chapter 16 Appendix A: Wired Inspired Chapter 17 Appendix B: Recording the Data Chapter 18 Suggested Readings Chapter 19 Bibliography