The Internet: The Basics

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Computers - 228 pages
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The Internet: The Basics provides a concise and clearly written introduction to the study of the internet. Covering its practical application as a tool for research, as well as issues for communicating and designing for the web, this book also questions the ways in which the internet has changed our cultures, societies and identities.
The areas covered in this book include:
* the history and development of the internet
* how it works
* how to use it for research and communication
* advice on good design practice for the web
* how regulation is changing to deal with the new media, as well as questions of ethics
* how the internet is changing our social, political, psychological and economic relations with others.
The Internet: The Basics is a non-technical, comprehensive guide to the internet, covering all aspects of the medium and its cultural and practical effects that will be of interest to anyone thinking of studying the subject.
  

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Contents

Understanding the Internet
1
History of the Internet
11
How the Internet works
24
Further reading
31
Using the Internet
33
Email
34
The Web and file transfer
39
Usenet and newsgroups
43
Copyright
T-5
Defamation and free speech
T-10
Sex pornography and obscenity
T-16
Hacking and privacy
T-20
Further reading
T-29
Cyberculture I Society community and cyberspace
T-31
Studying cyberculture
T-32
Cyberspace
T-34

Chat conferencing and instant messaging
47
Researching via the Internet
48
Further reading
55
New media and web production
57
Text and hypertext
58
Digital imaging
62
Audio and video
67
Web production
74
Elements of a web page
79
Dynamic web sites
87
Further reading
91
Institutions ethics and regulation
93
Internet administration
94
Commercial organisations
96
The Internet the public sphere and virtual communities
T-42
Cybercolonisation
T-53
Further reading
T-60
Cyberculture II Identity sexuality and popular culture
T-63
Popular cyberculture and postmodernism
T-71
Cybersubcultures
T-77
Cyberfeminism
T-83
Further reading
T-88
Glossary
T-91
Useful sites
201
Bibliography
207
Index
223
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Shirley Dent is Assistant Editor at New Humanist Magazine.
Jason Whittaker is Lecturer in English with Media Studies at Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall, UK.

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