Ideologies of the Internet (Katharine Sarikakis and Daya K. Thussu)
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Title: Ideologies of the Internet
Editor(s): Katharine Sarikakis and Daya K. Thussu
Publish Date: November 2006
|This book includes in one volume some of the most significant debates surrounding the development, use and potential of the Internet. Twenty scholars from four continents address some of the more pertinent questions surrounding the presence and future of the Internet. These are organized into questions regarding the role of the Internet as a mediator of communicative space and process: as an object of current and future policy and as a tool for development. The debates are preceded by a discussion of the contextual positioning of the medium in terms of arts, the market, gender, and education.|
The book pays attention to structural determinants of the role of the Internet in everyday life and macro level politics. At the same time, it explores the undeniably important role of resistance in all fronts, from the difference economic micro-projects can make to the power of aesthetics and tactical media. This anthology contains theoretical and empirical work on the relationship of the medium and the social, economic, and political world through a series of explorations of the national and transnational dimensions of inequality and control, but also the acts of political freedom and pursuit of social justice.
Contents: The Internet as Ideology, Katharine Sarikakis and Daya K. Thussu. THE CONTEXTS. Apprehensions of the Future: Internet Aesthetics and Ideology, Mark Andrejevic. Tactical Media, Sean Cubitt. Gender and Technology: The Internet in Context, Gillian Youngs. Profit Over Principles: The Commercialization of the Democratic Potentials of the Internet, Sandor Vegh. Knowledge/Information: An Internet Symptomology, Shaun Hides. THE INTERNET AS A COMMUNICATIVE SPACE AND PROCESS. Is There a Public Sphere in this Discussion Forum? Andrej Pinter and Tanya Oblak. The Ethics of the Internet: Can We Cope with Lies and Deceit on the Net? Cees J. Hamelink. Diasporic Communities On-Line: A Bottom-Up Experience of Transnationalism, Myria Georgiou. Surveillance from Below: The Internet and the Intifada, John Downey. POLICY QUESTIONS. Mapping the Ideologies of Internet Policy, Katharine Sarikakis. Pornography and the Internet: Re-reading Pornography, Feona Attwood. Reconceptualizing E-Policy: From Bridging the Digital Divide to Closing the Knowledge Gap, Ursula Maier-Rabler. E-Quality or E-Poverty? Gender and International Policy on ICT for Development, Sophia Huyer. THE INTERNET AS A TOOL AND INDICATOR OF DEVELOPMENT. Internet Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Development as Freedom to Communicate, Learn and Participate in the Information Society, J. Ann Dumas. The ABCs of Internet Negotiation: U.S. Teachers on the Fringes Getting Wired, Mary E. Virnoche and Matthew Lessem. The Poor's Banker: Real or "Virtual" Help? The Internet, NGOs and Gendered Poverty, Rinella Cere. New Media in a New Democracy: An Exploration of the Potential of the Internet for Civil Society Groups in South Africa, Herman Wasserman. Epilogue: The Internet and its Ideologies, Katharine Sarikakis and Daya K. Thussu. About the Authors. Author Index. Subject Index.