Abstract - The Information Society 21(4)

Fizz in the Field: Toward a Basis for an Emergent Internet Studies

Steve Jones

This article examines the history and future prospects of the formation of Internet Studies. It is argued that although a traditional field or disciplinary structure is not yet in place the current interdisciplinary aggregations may have the makings of institutionalized academic units. Through comparison with the institutionalization of other interdisiciplinary areas of study (primarily that of communication and cultural studies) an argument is made for the need to create a firm intellectual foundation on which an Internet Studies can be built. Such a foundation should not only include sufficient and clear understanding of cognate fields but also include a foregrounding of power (as theoretical construct and practice) as a means of engaging the field in the world.


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