11 COM143 - Internet Anxieties/ Living in a Digital Nation...

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Internet Anxieties/ Living in a Digital Nation I. Key Technological Steps in the Internet/Digital Revolution A. Transistors and digital communication (1940s) B. Microprocessors (early 1970s) C. Fiber optics (mid-1980s) D. Next step: fiber optical switches? II. Thinking about Technology A. Technological Determinism 1. definition 2. example; Colbert as google man 3. limitations B. An Integrated Approach to Thinking about Technology 1. Social context and the birth of the infrastructure a. Cold War b. ARPAnet (Advanced Research Project Agency Network) (1969: UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, Stanford, Univ. of Utah) 2. Early Users and the development of the Net a. email, bulletin boards, newsgroups b. open-source ethos (Linux) 3. Developments in the 1990s (hypertext, World Wide Web) 4. Convergence a. CBS Sunday story b. Industry Response: Heroes III. The Internet’s Promises/Problems A. Utopian/dystopian perspectives and new technologies (example: Annie Hall iPhone) B. Confounding aspects of the Internet/digital communication
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