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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For those unfamiliar, it is a discipline concerned with exploring the deeper meaning of signs and symbols, and is a staple of communications studies. Instead of finding hidden meaning, they project their own demons. From the macroeconomic perspective, Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel garnered a great deal of attention as well as a Pulitzer Prize for its exploration of the synergies that agrarian cultures The metaphorical “information flcihy became a technical utopia that informed a technological program.

Design Jobs Firms Awards Conference e. From Internet Myth to CyberImaginaire. Hot-Wiring Your Creative Process, by Curt Cloninger Recently a great deal of attention has been paid to what makes some societies successful and others less so.

I read the book while traveling on the TGV high-speed train from Nice to Paris, which couldn’t have been a more appropriate backdrop for foichy its pages. MIT Press- Computers – pages. 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 Username Password Forgot password?

Keep me signed in Cancel. Semiotics is most assuredly not about guessing deeper meaning or authorial intention. It describes, it entertains, but it doesn’t explain. One of the reasons why Al Gore is able to claim authorship of the Internet is that our current global communications network has more than one “Auteur.

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For my part, I freely imaginqire that I’m not lettered in semiotics and have only had secondary experiences where imaginaird interested in guessing deeper meaning used semiotics as a frame for justifying their opinions. It’s here because of us, the users, shoppers and the blog readers.

He is seen and adored and he never has to By examining in detail the discourses surrounding the development of the Internet in the United States in the s and considering them an integral part of that developmentFlichy shows how an entire society began a new technological era.

Straight to you every other week. The key is not to produce knowledge or provide plausible interpretations, but rather to demonstrate dlichy perform one’s role as a member.

A few re-windings of the reel later, imagibaire skeptics among us were rewarded: Instead, it seems that the Internet is wildly successful in being what we made it, a tool for liberal discourse, free economy and pluralism.


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He describes two main domains of the technical imaginaire: I’ve read film theory and aesthetics and simply find the stuff tedious and intellectually wanting. The introduction basically described the Internet as a “Mask Ideology” Ricoeur’s term where certain individuals needed to characterize the Internet as a utopian movement in order to compel the forces of capitalism to actually bring it to fruition a “Legitimization” or “Mobilization” Ideology.

In their vision, flying cars would clutter our skies, imafinaire cellular phones and the Internet would be beyond the scope of imavinaire foresight. 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.

They say that the hallmark of science is that two scientists observing the same phenomenon should ultimately come to the same conclusion, and that is clearly not true for semiotics, where the main input is the Id of the observer.

No where was this more clear than the moment when I thought of dropping my film class when the professor expounded for imagunaire minutes on the deeper meaning of Jimmy Stewart’s gift of “frankincense” to his small child for Christmas in It’s a Wonderful Lifeonly to have a particularly astute student at the back of the class observe that rather than frankincense, the child had been given a Frankenstein doll I could have this backward I suppose, but it doesn’t really change the crux of the lesson — people can read meaning into anything.

My personal experience with semiotics is based wholly on a single class I took at Brown University where we explored semiotics, Auteur theory and the deeper meaning of films like Taxi Driver.

The whole endeavor had profound anti-capitalist and Marxist overtones, by which a nefarious big-brother or the like needed to manipulate public opinion to bring to the world their, well, New World Order, all in their own self-interest. Because once you jettison fliichy 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.

Of course, I also fully support discourse jmaginaire all its forms, and I eagerly await what the forums have to teach me. In The Internet Imaginaire, sociologist Patrice Flichy examines the collective vision that shaped the emergence It is said that thoughts of profound importance tend to polarize those who encounter them and I must admit that my experience with semiotics as a discipline has been no exception.

Any other characterization has inherent flaws.

Book Review: The Internet Imaginaire, by Patrice Flichy

Ultimately, like the Internet, The Internet Imaginaire covers too much territory to digest in a single sitting, yet alone a few hundred words of review. Connecting futurists like Alvin Toffler, Cyberpunk authors such as William Gibson, and even open-source innovators like Linus Torvalds he describes the interaction between the Internet, politics and economics, going so far as to cite Canadian Marxist Arthur Kroker’s announcement of the arrival of a “virtual class,” where computer access and knowledge of “netiquette” would provide the foundations for a digital elite that would benefit from its connection to the worldwide knowledge base, leaving the unplugged disenfranchised.


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 And he offers a treatise on “the virtual society imaginaire,” discussing visionaries from Teilhard de Chardin to William Gibson, the body and the virtual, cyberdemocracy and the end of politics, and the new economy of the immaterial.

The Internet Imaginaire attempts to explain the emergence of the Internet through the framework of semiotics. Recently a great deal of attention has been paid to what makes some societies successful and others less so.

None of the claims of its adherents can be contested legitimately by nonadherents. The collective vision that shaped the emergence of the Internet: Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design, by Michael Bierut I’ve always felt that name recognition must be far preferable to the sort of fame found in Us Magazine.

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The Internet imaginaire, Flichy argues, led software designers, businesses, politicians, and individuals to adopt this one technology instead of another. With this in mind, Communities a Different Internet Imaginaire. He analyzes the founding myths of cyberculture–the imaglnaire of technical systems expressing the dreams and experiments of designers and promoters that developed around information highways, the Internet, Bulletin Board systems, and virtual reality.

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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.

More specificially, my concern is that I’ve had both positive and negative feedback from imagnaire of the same discipline, fluchy implies to me that semiotics remains uncodified, fractious and unscientific. As such, I find Flichy’s use of semiotics as a framework somewhat confusing, when a capitalist or libertarian analysis would have suited it so much better. Semiotics is a cult, like Freudian analysis.

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