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wk of 10/27 Lesson 10

Book-Web Theory
Chapter 2

Information and Networks
The chapter unravels the way that theories of information and theories of the network and network society can help
elucidate the social and cultural changes that are part of Web culture.

Cybernetics and information
Content to allow for its storage, conversion, and transmission is derived from a particular approach to the concept of

A Cybernetic/Digital Information Summary
The reduction of all manner of content into binary systems, what is called digitalization is essential to understanding
not only the Web but computer technology and the flowing convergence of many cultural forms into one accessible

Information, Value and Knowledge
Cybernetics is essential for understanding the Web and its computer origins, it is not the only way to
think of information has been thought of as the basis of our contemporary economy and culture.

Convergence and Networks: Connections over time and space-
There is a spatial dimension, on other words, how the network works over geographical areas and a temporal
dimension, that is the kind of time frame made possible by the network.

The Web culture represents a new concentration on information and its directional flow-
These flows of information that change work and culture are not the result of the Web.

Web culture facilitates the flow of information for the objectives of globalization.
The Globalization has become a virtual synonym for the network society. Globalization has to
be understood nt as some unifying force such as a United Nations-style world government.

Chapter 3

The Web As Communincation
Media and communication researchers have until recently overlooked not only the internet but the entire field of
computer mediated communication staying instead with traditional forms of media that fit more conveniently
into models.

The Internet
A key to the success and understanding of the internet are two fundamental elements a new way of looking at
computers and a decentralized communication system.

Interpersonal communication and the web
Services of the internet can be classified using the traditional levels of communication although none of the
interaction is FtF.

Emoticons are used to compsensate for the inability to onvey voice infections, facial expressions and bodily gestures in
written communication.

Speed is often a factor in online communication. Chatroom aficionados ensure that their line communication
is confined to short bursts in order to maintain the conversational connection.

Chapter 4
Webs of Identity
The technologies of information and communication media in the broad sense of the term are technocultural hybirds.
Information technology often transcends its status as a thing. Enabling a new interface between the self the other and
the world beyond media technologies become part of the self the other and the world beyond.

Internet has negative consequences on the offline, real lives of those who use it.
There is an ever expanding literature making this stance with regard to the effect of
online life on offline of interenet users.

The respondent reported no difference in their socializing with friends or on their children’s time spend with friends
since going online.

Home Pages and the Presentation of Self in everyday life
People are increasingly using the Web to create virtual homes and online communities.
Personal Web pages are an important component of the production of culture theisis.

The cultural production thesis
The propaganda tradition in a discontinuous line has reformed in contemporary thinking through cybernetics
and its significance in new media nd computer mediated communication.

Conclusion: The shifting boundaries of identity
Collective identities/collective networks

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