This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book is about America's romance with computer communication, a history of the dense interaction of the American social and political imagination with the development of internet technology. It looks at how culture has influenced the construction of the internet and how the structure of the internet has played a role in cultures of social and political thought. In that sense, it is a case study in “how institutions think.” The book explores various ways computer communication has been conceived over the years of its development, with a focus on conceptions that have influenced policy.
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