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The Net EffectRomanticism, Capitalism, and the Internet$
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Thomas Streeter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814741153

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814741153.001.0001

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Capitalism, Passions, Democracy

(p.168) Conclusion
The Net Effect

Thomas Streeter

NYU Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the findings of the book and offers some observations about what the past decades can teach us about the relations between capitalism, technology, culture, and everyday life. It makes the case that the internet is open and disruptive, not because of anything inherent in the technology, but because historical circumstances allowed it to be narrated as open; because the stories that have become common ways of making sense of it have represented it as open; and in turn those stories have shaped the way it has been embraced and developed. The internet is potentially open because people have made it so, and there is a lesson in that simple fact.

Keywords:   internet, computer technology, communications technology, capitalism, technology, culture

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