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Janet Abbate’s Inventing the Internet

Preview — Inventing the Internet by Janet Abbate. Auxiliare Kuretu rated it really liked it Mar 12, It was however fairly dry reading. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

In chapter three, Abbate provides a useful correction to the notions that the Internet’s success and importance was foreseen and that networking technologies were carried inexorably forward by the pork-barrel politics and closed world ideologies of Cold War military spending.

Onkar Hoysala rated it really knventing it Jan 15, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In contrast, her analysis of why some things happened to win is sometimes superficial, and her general observations are not that extensive.

A good introduction to the Internet’s early roots with the right amount of technical discussion and the right amount of explanation for how things worked. Overall, if you want a quick book to explain things, this one isn’t a bad starting point.

Inventing the Internet

It also distills Abbate’s central thesis as a historical interpretation and prediction for the future of the Net. Contemporary standards appear so ubiquitous that the debates out of which they grew have faded niventing memory– Abbate taps into those memories to reconstruct the intellectual environment that gave rise to the internet we now take for granted.


Abbate has a deep faith in the power babate decentralized groups of smart people working in good faith, and that is a faith I wish more people had. MIT Press, Given the thee number of recent books that explore the Internet as a religious and spiritual terrain, such as Erik Davis’ Techgnosisit should not be surprising that the rhetoric surrounding digital technologies has begun transforming into mythology.

Inventing the Internet by Janet Abbate

I read this for school. Paperbackpages. She does a great job of talking about packet switching, and way in the early ‘s packet switching seemed like a potentially really mediocre idea.

Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. Feb 25, Jeffrey Hart rated it it was amazing Shelves: Daniel rated it really liked it Dec 14, Janet Abbate recounts the key players and technologies that allowed the Internet to develop; but her main focus is always on the social and cultural factors that influenced invenfing Internet’s design and use.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Based on correspondence and interviews with the key people, Abbate provides clear answers to many of the questions that surround that history.

Feb 11, Lizzie rated it it was ok Shelves: Intternet write a balanced, analytically sophisticated account of the Internet’s history at a time when personal accounts and journalistic paeans fill the New York Times best sellers list, therefore, requires a historian dedicated to complexity, nuance, and equity. Abbate looks at how academic and military influences and attitudes shaped both networks; how the usual lines between producer and user of a technology were crossed with interesting and unique results; and how later users invented their own very successful applications, such as electronic mail and the World Wide Web.


Account Options Sign in. Abbate points out, to the initial puzzlement of someone teethed in AOL chatrooms, that networking technology was never “destined” to be as indispensable as it is today.

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I loved this book. But it turns out that’s a pretty interesting storytoo. She concludes that such applications continue the trend of decentralized, user-driven development that has characterized the Internet’s entire history and that tue key to the Internet’s success has been a commitment to flexibility and diversity, both in technical design and in organizational culture.

This ability to help understand history is remarkable, and a rare gift for a writer– far too much history is really hagiography. She reminds us that we built the internet largely to build the internet, and many of the initial reasons proved useless and unexpected reasons were why it is internwt useful to us today.

Inventinng rated it it was amazing Jan 01, Inventing the Internet Inside Technology. Each perspective and instant lends new understandings. Since the late s the Internet has grown from a single experimental network serving a dozen sites in the United States to a network of inrernet linking millions of compu Janet Abbate recounts the key players and technologies that allowed the Internet to develop; but her main focus is always on the social and cultural factors that influenced the Internet’s design and use.

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