Internet en 1908 (The Internet in 1908)

8 Pages Posted: 21 May 2015 Last revised: 30 May 2015

Date Written: April 23, 2008

Abstract

Spanish Abstract: El relato de E.M. Forster 'La máquina se detiene' (1908) es una visión anticipatoria de una sociedad globalizada e impulsada tecnológicamente, con descripciones inquietantemente precisas de la tecnologización de las comunicaciones a nivel mundial, de una inmersión alienante en las aplicaciones tecnológicas y de la proliferación de las redes sociales en un entorno automatizado. Interpretamos el relato como una proyección de la inquietud creciente de Forster en lo relativo al desarrollo industrial y organizativo, y la reificación concomitante de la experiencia social y de las identidades personales.

English Abstract: E.M. Forster's story 'The Machine Stops' (1908) is an anticipatory vision of a technologically-driven and globalized society, with uncanny depictions of world-wide machine-mediated communications, alienating technological immersion, and pervasive social networking in an automated environment. The story is interpreted as a projection of Forster's anxieties concerning the growth of industrialism and organization, and the attendant reification of social experience and personal identities.

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Keywords: Alienation, Reification, Industrialism, Interaction, Computer-mediated communication, Internet, Technology, Globalization, English literature, E.M. Forster, Science fiction, Automatization, Social networking

Suggested Citation

Garcia Landa, Jose Angel, Internet en 1908 (The Internet in 1908) (April 23, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2608820

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Contact Author)

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

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Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

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