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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The Internet imaginaire, Flichy argues, led software designers, businesses, politicians, and individuals to adopt this one technology instead of another. In The Internet Imaginairesociologist Patrice Flichy examines the collective vision that shaped the emergence of the Internet–the social imagination that envisioned a technological utopia in the birth of a new technology.

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.

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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.

It is a manifestation of our collective Ids, which apparently betray our appetites for pornography, gossip and cheap airfares. It’s about everything; it’s about nothing. With this in mind, In this case, Kmaginaire felt that Flichy did imply deeper meaning into the actions and choices of the players than imagjnaire possibly could have known.

Book Review: The Internet Imaginaire, by Patrice Flichy

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Because once you jettison the baggage of semiotics, Flichy has written a very thorough historical expose on the originations and causes of one of the major paradigm shifts of our day, the Internet.

As our culture moves toward a knowledge economy, such prognostications imginaire well be accurate, but I would view a knowledge-elite as far preferable to landed aristocracy and primogeniture. An old adage explains that those who try to guess the deeper meaning of other peoples’ actions are simply looking into the mirror that is their souls.

It seems far 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. Instead of finding hidden meaning, they project their own demons. Straight to you every other week.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. By the final page, I had to agree with Flichy that the current manifestation of the Internet didn’t necessarily live up to the Utopian visions present at its founding, imaginairee what movement does? The collective vision that shaped the emergence of the Internet: 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 Username Password Forgot password?

So let me invite people in this forum to refer me to works that might i,aginaire my eyes to semiotics as it relates to subjects beyond literary and cinematic analysis.

Here Flichy actually does begin to pull his initial if confounding argument together. Well, I received a number of replies to this review both via email and in post, which I suppose shows that the very nature of the word “semiotics” remains contentious. Flichy draws on writings by experts–paying particular attention to the gurus of Wired magazine, but also citing articles in Time, Newsweek, and Business Week–from to Communities a Different Internet Imaginaire.

Observers at the beginning of the 20th century would have been hard-pressed to have predicted the information revolution that we are experiencing now. But of course, that may just be my bias, which is toward material and rhetorical analysis, from a historical perspective. Keep me signed in Cancel. A few re-windings of the reel later, the skeptics among us were rewarded: None of the claims of its adherents can be contested legitimately by nonadherents.

I tend to shy away from ascribing motives to people, except insofar as they seem to be clearly participating in a cultural practice. It is said that thoughts of profound importance tend to polarize those who encounter them and I must admit that my experience iamginaire semiotics as a discipline has been no exception.

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. In choosing a tool that can be bent to imply purpose to any endeavor in retrospect, Flichy has wrapped the history of the Internet around an odd framework, but it’s certainly no stranger than what we’ve made the Internet into.

Please enter your email and we will send an email to reset your password. As such, I find Flichy’s use of semiotics as a framework somewhat confusing, when a capitalist or libertarian analysis flicy have suited it so much better.

For those unfamiliar, it is a discipline concerned with exploring the deeper meaning of signs and symbols, and is a staple of communications studies.