- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Peer to Peer,U.S. (März 1997)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1573980315
- ISBN-13: 978-1573980319
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A netizen, as Ronda and Michael Hauben use the term, is more than just somebody who uses the Internet. It is somebody who has demonstrated a devotion to being a good citizen of an online community. Some have been involved in constructing parts of the Net and forming it into a major social force. Others are simply members of mailing lists and discussion groups, quietly lending a helping hand to others and sharing information, support, and aid through the wires. The Haubens tell the history of the Internet through netizens.
While it was technical necessity and political desire that made the Net happen, it was the often idealistic vision of the netizens that shaped it. The Haubens look at both sides--the technical problems being faced and the social ideas that guided the developers. They take both the outside developments in computing technology and governmental regulatory issues into account.
Most of the emphasis of the book is on Usenet, the vast array of bulletin board-like message areas where people can find discussions about everything from the most esoteric scientific work in progress to the mundane necessities of daily life to off-the-wall treatments of pop culture. They show how it developed as a form of "poor man's ARPANET" to become a backbone of international conversation. The authors hold Usenet up as an example of user-controlled communication, showing how communities can be successful even in an area lacking formal rules--or lacking the means to enforce the rules. And while they stop short of exploring Usenet's current problems with commercial junk posts, they do explore the many previous predictions of the "imminent death of the Internet," showing how a devoted population of netizens has repeatedly been able to work around threats to its community's existence. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.
The Internet and Usenet are both elements of a telecommunications revolution. Where have they come from and where are they heading? What is the significance of a truly world-wide computer network? What does it mean to be a "netizen", a citizen of the net? This text presents a well-documented, optimistic appraisal of this social resource. The authors provide a wide-ranging historical perspective on over 30 years of efforts to construct a world-wide computer network.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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344 pp, illustrated, sewn binding.
Anyway, the blurbs from the dustjacket describe this vital work better than I could...
"...an ambitious look at the social aspects of computer networking. It examines the past and turbulent future and especially explores the technical and social roots of the Net."
- Thomas Truscott
"Inspired by the writings of Thomas Paine and Rousseau, Michael and Ronda Hauben sketch out a provocative declaration of Netizen rights in their appendix to this engrossing, well-researched, and very useful book. The Haubens reserve the term Netizen for positive contributors to the Net, the good citizens whose heroic precursors from the 1960's are richly chronicled in a flowing historical and sociological account that is not to be missed."