9780415352253

Internet

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415352253

  • ISBN10:

    0415352258

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/18/2006
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Lorenzo Cantoni and Stefano Tardini's absorbing introduction considers the internet as a communication technology; the opportunities it affords us, the limitations it imposes and the functions it allows. From music to gaming, information gathering to eLearning; eCommerce to eGovernment. Internet explores: the political economy of the internet hypertext computer mediated communication websites as communication conceptualizing users of the internet internet communities and practices

Author Biography

Stefano Tardini is the executive director of the eLearning Lab of the University of Lugano in Switzerland. Lorenzo Cantoni is Professor of the School of Communication Sciences at the University of Lugano in Switzerland.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations ix
Series editor's preface xi
Acknowledgements xiii
Figure acknowledgements xiv
List of abbreviations xvi
Introduction 1(4)
1 The political economy of the internet 5(38)
1.1 Communication and technologies: a sociological perspective
7(11)
1.2 Stages in the development of the technologies of the word
18(5)
1.3 A four-layer taxonomy of the technologies of the word
23(2)
1.4 History of the internet
25(5)
1.5 Internet and its contexts
30(13)
2 Computer mediated communication (CMC): features and technologies 43(28)
2.1 Mapping CMC
44(7)
2.2 The features of CMC
51(10)
2.3 Technical aspects: a brief overview
61(10)
3 Hypertext 71(26)
3.1 Hypertexts and hypermedia
71(9)
3.2 Some insights from ancient rhetoric
80(10)
3.3 The history of hypertext
90(3)
3.4 Earlier hypertext theories
93(4)
4 Websites as communication 97(26)
4.1 The Website Communication Model
98(3)
4.2 Contents and services (and their localization)
101(9)
4.3 Accessibility tools
110(1)
4.4 Publishers
111(12)
5 Conceptualizing users of the internet: traces and search engines 123(28)
5.1 Users
123(7)
5.2 Relevant context/world
130(4)
5.3 Internet search engines
134(17)
6 Internet: communities and practices 151(38)
6.1 Mass media in the time of the internet
152(5)
6.2 Virtual communities
157(14)
6.3 eGovernment
171(5)
6.4 eLearning
176(6)
6.5 eBusiness and eCommerce
182(7)
Conclusion 189(4)
Further reading and resources 193(8)
References 201(18)
Index 219

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