Internet Dreams: Archetypes, Myths, and Metaphors

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The "information superhighway" is a metaphor oft used to describethe internet, used so often that Stefik fears we're in danger ofsubjecting the evolution of the net to the limiting implications of this metaphor. Stefik, along with a host of prescient technothinkers and doers, examine four richer, more powerful metaphorsand their Jungian archetypes that together should expand anyone'sthinking about the cyber world... And those metaphors are: digitallibrary (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 isless silicon psychobabble than it is a compelling way to organizethis book around the very real ways in which the net is being used.CONTRIBUTORSThe I-Way as Publishing and Community MemoryVannevar Bush, J. C. R. Licklider, Robert E. Kahn,
Joshua Lederberg, John Browning, Scott D. N. Cook, Vicky Reich, Mark Weiser, Ranjit
MakkuniThe 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,
JoanneYates, Robert Benjamin, Laura Fillmore, Mark StefikThe I-Way as a Gateway to
Experience Pavel Curtis, JulianDibbell, Harry Collins, Mark Stefik, John Seeley
Brown, William Wulf,Barbara Viglizzo

The MIT Press

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What People Are Saying

Paul Saffo

Before we build, we imagine. And the trajectory of imagination-past tells volumes about futures to come. Stefik has assembled a brilliant collection of visions to ponder. Read closely, and you will catch a clear glimpse of the possibilities that lie ahead.

Dr. Edward McCracken

We are in the early stages of a revolution in the computing industry. The
Web represents the convergence of two powerful forces -- network computing and visual computing. The Web is bringing the online experience ever closer to that of the real world via interactive 3D graphics, audio, and video. Applications will be so engaging and intuitive that it will dramatically enhance the way we work, the way we learn, and the way we socialize. Mark Stefik brings the excitement of this revolution into the forefront of our imaginations in his enjoyable new book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262692021
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/29/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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
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Table of Contents

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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