Inside Technology edited by Wiebe E. Bijker, W. Bernard Carlson, and Trevor Pinch. Inventing the Internet. Janet Abbate. Janet Abbate, luvelling the luternet. Inventing the Internet has 79 ratings and 12 reviews. Janet Abbate recounts the key players and technologies that allowed the Internet to develop; but he. Janet Abbate’s Inventing the Internet. Dennis A. Trinkle. Janet Abbate, Inventing the Internet (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, ). Given the growing number of.

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The concluding chapter looks at the commercialization of the Internet as the World Wide Web in the s. From networks to the computer programming Janet gives an all encompassing picture of factors that led to the creation of the internet. Their ends were often personal and social, and they occasional ran directly counter to the interests of the institutions funding their efforts.

Inventing the Internet Inside Technology. Even generally measured business publications like The Economist can be caught recounting the activities and ventures of scientists, technologists, and digital entrepreneurs in biblical, epic, and heroic terms.

Nov 25, Benjamin Malnor rated it really liked it. Inventing the Internet Inventimg Abbate No preview available – This ability to help understand history is remarkable, and a rare gift for a writer– far too much history is really hagiography.

Abbate looks at how academic and military influences and attitudes shaped both networks; how the usual lines between producer and user of a technology were crossed with interesting and unique results; and how later users invented their own very successful applications, such as electronic mail and the World Wide Web.

She concludes that such applications continue the trend of decentralized, user-driven development that has characterized the Internet’s entire history and that the key to the Internet’s success has been a commitment to flexibility and diversity, both in technical design and in organizational culture.


Will rated it really liked it Jun 04, Refresh and try again. Given the growing number of recent books that explore the Internet as a religious and spiritual terrain, such as Erik Davis’ Techgnosisit should not be surprising that the rhetoric surrounding digital technologies has begun transforming into mythology. Q rated it really liked it Dec 02, But it turns out that’s a pretty interesting storytoo. The Internet cannot be frozen in time.

Abbate’s fifth chapter provides another useful corrective. It ends with the emergence of the Internet and its rapid and seemingly chaotic growth.

Daniel rated it really liked it Dec 14, She reminds us that we built the internet largely to build the internet, and many of the initial reasons proved useless and unexpected reasons were why it is so useful to us invebting. I read this for school.

The digital technologies being developed, and abbats social, political, economic, and cultural impacts deserve wide and serious historical investigation. It narrates the history of internet. Contemporary standards appear so ubiquitous that the debates out of which they grew have faded into memory– Abbate taps into those memories to reconstruct the intellectual environment that gave rise to the internet we now take for granted.

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Published July 24th by Mit Press first published Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Selected pages Title Page. To write a balanced, analytically sophisticated account of the Internet’s history at a time when personal accounts and journalistic paeans fill the New York Times best sellers list, therefore, requires a historian dedicated to complexity, nuance, and equity.

Janet Abbate recounts the key players and technologies that allowed the Internet ihternet develop; but her main focus is always on the social and cultural factors that influenced the Internet’s design and use.


She argues that “the World Wide Web continues the trend of informal, decentralized, user-driven development that characterized the Internet’s earlier history” p.

Inventing the Internet

In a period of hyperbole about the Internet Revolution, the attraction of writing the Great Internet Creation Myth can lure scholars like fragrant flowers draw bees in summer.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. What she does best is to make it possible to see the world prospectively — to see it before we know who wins. Abbate points out, to the initial puzzlement of someone teethed in AOL chatrooms, that networking technology was never “destined” to be as indispensable as it is today. Please contact mpub-help umich.

Inventing the Internet by Janet Abbate

Abbate also suggests that the Internet’s history, like the Internet itself, is an open and consistently shifting entity. Jun 22, mcburton rated it really liked it Shelves: She does a great job of talking about pac So, where did the internet come from? Inventing the Internet Janet Abbate Limited preview abbaate Breck Walker rated it really liked it Jul 06, Feb 11, Lizzie rated it it was ok Shelves: Piotr rated it really liked it Dec 22, Quotes from Inventing the Int She tue a great job of talking about packet switching, and way in the early ‘s packet switching seemed like a potentially really mediocre idea.

No trivia or quizzes yet. So, where did the internet come from? Want to Read saving…. Since the late s the Internet has grown from a single experimental network serving a dozen interne Auxiliare Kuretu rated it really liked it Mar 12,