`A highly topical, interesting and lively analysis of ordinary internet use, based on both theoretically competent reflections and sound ethnographic material' - Joost van Loon, Reader in Social Theory at Nottingham Trent University
Internet Society investigates internet use and it's implications for society through insights into the daily experiences of ordinary users. Drawing on an original study of non-professional, 'ordinary' users at home, this book examines how people interpret, domesticate and creatively appropriate the Internet by integrating it into the projects and activities of their everyday lives.
Maria Bakardjieva's theoretical framework uniquely combines concepts from several schools of thought (social constructivism, critical theory, phenomenological sociology) to provide a conception of the user as an agent in the field of technological development and new media shaping. She:
- examines the evolution of the Internet into a mass medium
- interrogates what users make of this new communication medium
- evaluates the social and cultural role of the Internet by looking at the immediate level of users' engagement with it
- exposes the dual life of technology as invader and captive; colonizer and colonized
This book will appeal to academics and researchers in social studies of technology, communication and media studies, cultural studies, philosophy of technology and ethnography.
Conceptualizing User Agency Technology in Everyday Life Researching the Internet at Home Becoming a Domestic Internet User Situating the Virtual Little Behaviour Genres of the Internet Making Room for the Internet Virtual Togetherness Conclusion