Histories of the Internet: Introducing the Special Issue of Information and Culture

Information and Culture 50:2, May-June 2015, Forthcoming

14 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2014

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Thomas Haigh

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Andrew Russell

Stevens Institute of Technology

William H. Dutton

University of Southern California

Date Written: October 31, 2014

Abstract

We explore the gap between broad conceptions of the Internet common in daily life and the rather narrow framing of most existing work on Internet history. Looking both at scholarly histories and popular myths we suggest that the expanding scope of the Internet had created a demand for different kinds of history that capture the development of the many technological and social practices that converged to create today’s Internet- based online world. Finally, we summarize the papers in this special issue which collectively demonstrate that there is more than one history of the Internet.

Note: To appear in Information and Culture 50:2, May-June 2015. Please quote or cite from the published version, which may differ from this preprint.

Keywords: history, Internet, technology

Suggested Citation

Haigh, Thomas and Russell, Andrew and Dutton, William H., Histories of the Internet: Introducing the Special Issue of Information and Culture (October 31, 2014). Information and Culture 50:2, May-June 2015, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2517598

Thomas Haigh

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee ( email )

Bolton Hall 802
3210 N. Maryland Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
United States

Andrew Russell

Stevens Institute of Technology ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

William H. Dutton (Contact Author)

University of Southern California ( email )

3502 Watt Way #304
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

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