(Re)Inventing The Internet

Critical Case Studies

  • Andrew Feenberg
  • Norm Friesen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Code and Communication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Andrew Feenberg
      Pages 3-17
  3. Play and School Online

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. M. Grimes, Andrew Feenberg
      Pages 21-41
    3. Edward Hamiltonss, Andrew Feenberg
      Pages 43-70
  4. The Civic Internet

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Norm Friesen, Andrew Feenberg, Grace Smith, Shannon Lowe
      Pages 73-84
    3. Maria Bakardjieva
      Pages 85-108
    4. Kate Milberry
      Pages 109-130
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 131-135

About this book


Although it has been in existence for over three decades, the Internet remains a contested technology. Its governance and role in civic life, education, and entertainment are all still openly disputed and debated. The issues include censorship and network control, privacy and surveillance, the political impact of activist blogging, peer to peer file sharing, the effects of video games on children, and many others. Media conglomerates, governments and users all contribute to shaping the forms and functions of the Internet as the limits and potentialities of the technologies are tested and extended. What is most surprising about the Internet is the proliferation of controversies and conflicts in which the creativity of ordinary users plays a central role. The title, (Re)Inventing the Internet, refers to this extraordinary flowering of agency in a society that tends to reduce its members to passive spectators. This collection presents a series of critical case studies that examine specific sites of change and contestation. These cover a range of phenomena including computer gaming cultures, online education, surveillance, and the mutual shaping of digital technologies and civic life.

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrew Feenberg
    • 1
  • Norm Friesen
    • 2
  1. 1.Simon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  2. 2.Thompson Rivers UniversityKamloopsCanada

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