In The Internet Imaginaire, Patrice Flichy takes a thorough and comprehensive look at the sociological history surrounding the creation of the. The Internet imaginaire, Flichy argues, led software designers, businesses, politicians, and individuals to adopt this one technology instead of another. Flichy . |[kH The Internet Imaginaire. By Patrice Flichy. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, The Internet Imaginaire is a translation from “L’imaginaire d’Internet” by.

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Don’t have an account? In his introduction Flichy relies heavily on the work of Paul Ricoeur, one of the originators of the semiotics.

I tend to shy away from ascribing motives to people, except insofar as they seem to be clearly participating in a cultural practice.

It’s about everything; it’s about nothing. But of course, that may just be my bias, which is toward material and rhetorical analysis, from a historical perspective. By examining in detail the discourses surrounding the development of the Internet in the United States in the s and considering them an integral part of that developmentFlichy shows how an entire society began a new technological era.

It describes, it entertains, but it doesn’t explain. The collective vision that shaped the emergence of the Internet: Semiotics is most assuredly not about guessing deeper meaning or authorial intention. Of course, I also fully support discourse in all its forms, and I eagerly await what the forums have to teach me. Connecting futurists like Alvin Toffler, Cyberpunk authors such as William Gibson, and even open-source innovators like Linus Torvalds he describes the interaction between the Internet, politics and economics, going so far as to cite Canadian Marxist Arthur Kroker’s announcement of the arrival of a “virtual class,” where computer access and knowledge of “netiquette” would provide the foundations for a digital elite that would benefit from its connection to the worldwide knowledge base, leaving the unplugged disenfranchised.

As such, I find Flichy’s use of semiotics as a framework somewhat confusing, when a capitalist or libertarian analysis would have suited it so much better.

From there he then chronicles several early networks that grew in parallel to the ARPANET, spanning groups as diverse as The Well, which grew from California counterculture into the founding of Wired magazine, through the late night game-geeks that created the first Multi-User Dungeons MUDs in imaginairre merger of the computer and flicby game communities, which evidently had a fair amount of cross-over.

Somehow the hordes of paparazzi chasing Paris Hilton in the hope of catching her at her worst moments never seemed to have an appeal for me, but I’ve still always assumed History itself is littered with failed ideologies, and while semiotics views the failure of ideologies as disappointing, I would reject that, positing instead that the very notion of an ideology, whether “mask,” “legitimization,” “Marxist,” “capitalist,” or even “semiotic,” is in itself dangerous and bound imaginire be disappointing.


Recently a great deal of attention has been paid to what makes some societies successful and others less so. From Internet Myth to CyberImaginaire. In its second section The Internet Imaginaire examines the role of the Internet in popular culture.

A few re-windings of the reel later, the fkichy among us were rewarded: Keep me signed in Cancel.

iimaginaire He is seen and adored and he never has to Communities a Different Internet Imaginaire. The Body and Virtual Reality. In this case, I felt that Flichy did imply deeper meaning into the actions and choices of the players than he possibly could have known.

Book Review: The Internet Imaginaire, by Patrice Flichy

The Internet isn’t what it is because of Al Gore, or because of anyone else. For those you who need design all of the time–even in your fiction–meet Ethan Hoevel, a talented New York designer and the protagonist in The Tourists, a juicy first-novel by Jeff Hobbs.

MIT Press- Computers – pages. Account Options Sign in. After reading the introduction, I must admit that I was completely furious, and more than a little confused by the terminology, but intrepid reviewer that I am, I soldiered on, intent to try to figure out just what this man was trying to say.

It seems flichhy more accurate to me to observe that people often make conclusions before a phenomenon has reached fruition, and that history carries on with or without them. Flichy implies that certain individuals needed to popularize the idea of a “Watershed Utopia” to make the Internet happen — a vision of a better world that would be facilitated by the introduction of their ideologies and ideas.

Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design, by Michael Bierut I’ve always felt that imaginxire recognition must be far preferable to the sort of fame found in Us Magazine.

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As a scientist and historian, this frustrated me deeply, since it seemed a redundant exercise to try to figure out what Scorsese’s films were trying to say while the man was still alive and well in California.

So if you’ve ever wondered quite where Al Gore is coming from when he proclaims that he “invented” the Internet, or what TCP has to do with your outgoing mail or precisely what IP implies, perhaps this is the book for you.


I’ve always felt that name recognition must be far preferable to the sort of fame found in Us Magazine. As our culture moves toward a knowledge economy, such prognostications may well be accurate, but I would view a knowledge-elite as far preferable to landed aristocracy and primogeniture. By Xanthe Matychak – Jul 10, Summer read for designers For those you who need design all of the time–even in your fiction–meet Ethan Hoevel, a talented New York designer and the protagonist in The Tourists, a juicy first-novel by Jeff Hobbs.

One of the reasons why Al Gore is able to claim authorship of the Internet is that our current global communications network has more than one “Auteur. The key is not to produce knowledge or provide plausible interpretations, but rather to demonstrate and perform one’s role as a member. Internet and Digital Economics: Hot-Wiring Your Creative Process, by Curt Cloninger Recently a great deal of attention has been paid to what makes some societies successful and others less so.

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Indeed, in their fruition, the Internet and projects like it resist and confound semiotic analysis because they are the product of many hands. While I hesitate to agree that semiotics is actually profound, it is certainly profoundly French, so my placement was well timed, although my subsequent confusion would have been equally difficult to deal with in far less lush landscapes.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Already have an account? In their vision, flying cars would clutter our skies, but cellular phones and the Internet would be beyond the scope of their foresight. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. It is a manifestation of our collective Ids, which apparently betray our appetites for pornography, gossip and cheap airfares.

After I’d read it three times to no avail, my mother interceded. Instead of finding hidden meaning, they project their own demons.

In The Internet Imaginaire, sociologist Patrice Flichy examines the collective vision that shaped the emergence Semiotics is a cult, like Freudian analysis.