Social Aspects Of The Internet

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By Tung-Hui Hu

ISBN-10: 0262029510

ISBN-13: 9780262029513

We may possibly think the electronic cloud as placeless, mute, airy, and unmediated. but the truth of the cloud is embodied in millions of big info facilities, anyone of that could use as a lot electrical energy as a midsized city. Even a majority of these info facilities are just one small a part of the cloud. in the back of that cloud-shaped icon on our displays is an entire universe of applied sciences and cultural norms, all operating to maintain us from noticing their lifestyles. during this booklet, Tung-Hui Hu examines the space among the true and the digital in our knowing of the cloud. Hu exhibits that the cloud grew out of such older networks as railroad tracks, sewer strains, and tv circuits. He describes key moments within the prehistory of the cloud, from the sport "Spacewar" as exemplar of time-sharing pcs to chilly battle bunkers that have been later reused as information facilities. Countering the preferred belief of a brand new "cloudlike" political energy that's dispersed and immaterial, Hu argues that the cloud grafts electronic applied sciences onto older methods of exerting strength over a inhabitants. yet simply because we make investments the cloud with cultural fantasies approximately safety and participation, we fail to acknowledge its militarized origins and beliefs. relocating among the materiality of the know-how itself and its cultural rhetoric, Hu's account deals a suite of latest instruments for rethinking the modern electronic environment.

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