The Internet as a Diverse Community: Cultural, Organizational, and Political Issues

The Internet as a Diverse Community: Cultural, Organizational, and Political Issues

The Internet as a Diverse Community: Cultural, Organizational, and Political Issues

The Internet as a Diverse Community: Cultural, Organizational, and Political Issues

Synopsis

In this volume, author Urs Gattiker offers a broad overview of Internet and technology-related theory. He examines Internet and multimedia issues from an international perspective, outlining issues of international sovereignty and the potential impact of national interests on global technology policy. He also surveys the issues of regulation and institutionalization of the Internet, examines ways for reducing the inequality of benefits from such technology, and explores the opportunities and challenges the Internet offers for consumers, firms, governments, and interest groups. In assembling this treatise, Gattiker synthesizes a vast body of literature from communication, economics, philosophy, political science, management, psychology, science policy, telecommunication engineering, and other areas. The Internet as a Diverse Community provides readers with a framework for analyzing and selecting between many different Internet choices. It explores issues from a social-impact perspective, using examples from a variety of contexts and firms around the world. The work also offers a wealth of new social theory on such topics as moral and ethical issues and the opportunities, choices, and challenges the Internet offers for consumers, investors, managers, and public policy decision makers. It examines the current and future challenges that computer-mediated technologies present, and sets forth new theoretical perspectives on such areas as multimedia and the profit-maximizing firm; the Internet and the private user; managing multimedia productively; and the social and moral costs of various Internet options and choices. Taken as a whole, this resource provides valuable insights on the Internet and is essential reading for business, telecommunication, public policy, and technology decision makers around the globe.

Excerpt

This chapter addresses how the Internet and computer-mediated communication have affected and will continue to affect our lives. Dimensions of media and their attributes are discussed and a model about social complexity and the degree or level of interdependence as it pertains to cyberspace and other media is presented. Additionally, issues of virtual reality are discussed. Finally, how these developments may lead to a new virtual institution is outlined and a model is presented. the chapter is a primer for the uninitiated and is essential for most readers, because everything that follows presumes this knowledge (cf. appendix A).

This book is an attempt to depict some of the development and status the Internet has gone through. Issues, past and future developments, forecasts and ideas are presented and discussed. the book's primary focus is on information technology and end-user computing, global networks and, in particular, computer-mediated communication (CMC). the Internet is not one place or one company. It is a descriptive term for a web of thousands of interconnected broad- and narrow-band telephone, satellite, and wireless networks built on existing and planned communication technology. This infrastructure is a network of networks, reaching out and connecting separate islands of computer, telephone, and cable resources into a seamless web. It connects businesses, governments, institutions, and individuals to a wide range of information-based services, ranging from entertainment (e.g., pay-per-view movies, online music videos), education, and culture to data banks . . .

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