Internet Dreams: Archetypes, Myths, and Metaphors

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The "information superhighway" is a metaphor oft used to describe the internet, used so often that Stefik fears we're in danger of subjecting the evolution of the net to the limiting implications of this metaphor. Stefik, along with a host of prescient techno thinkers and doers, examine four richer, more powerful metaphors and their Jungian archetypes that together should expand anyone's thinking about the cyber world... And those metaphors are: digital library (The Keeper of Knowledge), electronic mail ...
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Overview

The "information superhighway" is a metaphor oft used to describe the internet, used so often that Stefik fears we're in danger of subjecting the evolution of the net to the limiting implications of this metaphor. Stefik, along with a host of prescient techno thinkers and doers, examine four richer, more powerful metaphors and their Jungian archetypes that together should expand anyone's thinking about the cyber world... And those metaphors are: digital library (The Keeper of Knowledge), electronic mail (Communicator), electronic marketplace (Trader), and digital world (Adventurer). The summoning of the archetypes in service of Stefik's argument is less silicon psychobabble than it is a compelling way to organize this book around the very real ways in which the net is being used.

CONTRIBUTORS

The I-Way as Publishing and Community Memory
Vannevar Bush, J. C. R. Licklider, Robert E. Kahn, Joshua Lederberg, John Browning, Scott D. N. Cook, Vicky Reich, Mark Weiser, Ranjit Makkuni

The I-Way as a Communications Medium
Lee Sproull, Samer Faraj, Jay Machado, Lynn Conway, Joshua Lederberg.

Selling Goods and Services the I-Way
Thomas Malone, Joanne Yates, Robert Benjamin, Laura Fillmore, Mark Stefik

The I-Way as a Gateway to Experience
Pavel Curtis, Julian Dibbell, Harry Collins, Mark Stefik, John Seeley Brown, William Wulf, Barbara Viglizzo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613911559
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author

Mark Stefik in an inventor and Research Fellow at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he directs the Information Sciences and Technologies Laboratory.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Excerpt from "As We May Think" 15
Excerpt from Libraries of the Future 23
Excerpt from The Digital Library Project, volume 1: The World of Knowbots 33
Excerpt from "Communication as the Root of Scientific Progress" 39
Excerpt from "What Is the Role of Libraries in the Information Economy?" 55
Technological Revolutions and the Gutenberg Myth 67
Excerpt from "Libraries Are More than Information: Situational Aspects of Electronic Libraries" 83
Excerpt from "The Electronic Capture and Dissemination of the Cultural Practice of Tibetan Thangka Painting" 95
Some Consequences of Electronic Groups 125
Netiquette 101 135
Excerpt from "The MPC Adventures: Experiences with the Generation of VLSI Design and Implementation Methodologies" 143
Excerpt from "Digital Communications and the Conduct of Science: The New Literacy" 161
Excerpt from "Electronic Commerce on the Internet" 187
Excerpt from "Electronic Markets and Electronic Hierarchies" 191
Slaves of a New Machine: Exploring the For-Free/For-Pay Conundrum 207
Letting Loose the Light: Igniting Commerce in Electronic Publication 219
Excerpt from "Mudding: Social Phenomena in Text-Based Virtual Realities" 265
A Rape in Cyberspace: How an Evil Clown, a Haitian Trikster Spirit, Two Wizards, and a Cast of Dozens Turned a Database into a Society 293
Interaction Without Society?: What Avatars Can't Do 317
Excerpt from "Toward Portable Ideas" 327
The National Collaboratory - A White Paper 345
Internet Dreams: First Encounters of an On-line Dream Group 353
Epilogue: Choices and Dreams 389
Further Reading 399
Sources 401
Contributors 403
Index 407
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