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The Net Effect: Romanticism, Capitalism, and the Internet

Thomas Streeter


This book about America's romance with computer communication looks at the internet, not as harbinger of the future or the next big thing, but as an expression of the times. It demonstrates that our ideas about what connected computers are for have been in constant flux since their invention. In the 1950s they were imagined as the means for fighting nuclear wars, in the 1960s as systems for bringing mathematical certainty to the messy complexity of social life, in the 1970s as countercultural playgrounds, in the 1980s as an icon for what's good about free markets, in the 1990s as a new frontie ... More

Keywords: computer communication, internet, culture, romanticism, technology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814741153
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814741153.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Streeter, author