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4.0 out of 5 stars A well argued and documented claim
One should read Inventing the Internet to explore the thesis of technological determinism shaping the evolution of the Internet. After reading the book, the reader can also judge the success of Abbate's integral thesis that social determinism also shaped the evolution of the Internet. Janet Abbate is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Maryland...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Hhhhabate has no CLUE what the internet is!
Ms. Abbate still has trouble logging into America Online! She frequently trips over the ethernet cable going into her office. That's about as close as she gets to the "history" of the internet.
Published on Sept. 27 1999


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4.0 out of 5 stars A well argued and documented claim, Nov. 10 2001
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Mark (Woodbridge, VA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Inventing the Internet (Paperback)
One should read Inventing the Internet to explore the thesis of technological determinism shaping the evolution of the Internet. After reading the book, the reader can also judge the success of Abbate's integral thesis that social determinism also shaped the evolution of the Internet. Janet Abbate is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Maryland in College Park. She derived the book from her 1994 dissertation research undertaken at the University of Pennsylvania. The book was produced with six chapters, which she arranged in rough chronological order. Each chapter was then subdivided into topical sections. The book's details support Abbate's claim that the Internet was not born in a discrete originating event, but evolved over a twenty-year period through the convergence of technological advances and societal needs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful!, July 9 2002
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Rolf Dobelli "getAbstract" (Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Inventing the Internet (Hardcover)
Janet Abbate exhaustively researched her scholarly history of the Internet and presents it with the detail and tone you would expect from a historian, which she is. Therefore, don't come looking for a breezy, "gee whiz" approach. This is not a promotional pat on the back to the companies that helped popularize the Internet, nor does it glorify dot-coms or any of their fearless leaders. In fact, Abbate devotes the first 75% of her book to the precursor to the public Internet - the ARPANET system used by scientists, researchers and the U.S. military. We recommend this book to all readers who want to know how the Internet really came into existence and how it evolved from a private, secret, scientific resource into today's vast realm of public information, auctions, virtual bookstores, e-mail and even getAbstract.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stocking Stuffer for the Techies on Your List, Dec 15 1999
This review is from: Inventing the Internet (Hardcover)
For how long have you been aware of the web? Five years? Six? Didn't it seem as though we woke up one morning and there it was? Not so, as you will find out when you read this fascinating account of the way in which Internet technology took on a life of its own and morphed into the gigantic marketplace/library/chatroom that we think of today.
For example, did you know that the techniques used in the Internet were born out of Cold War paranoia? Or that email was an afterthought to the original system that unexpectedly became the most popular application of the network? Or that in the early 1980s, the military agency running the Internet was so afraid of hackers breaking into the system ("unauthorized penetrations," as one army major put it) that they split the network in two, one for the military and one for the civilians? Read the book for the details on these and other intriguing techno-tidbits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A History of the Net, April 9 2003
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Christopher R. Calvi (New York, NY United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Inventing the Internet (Paperback)
This is a terrific book about the history of the Internet and how it came to be. It is very detailed (from both technical and socio-cultural angles) and should be taken as a scholarly read. The importance of the Internet to our society should not be understated, and its significance only grows more every day. It is therefore crucial that users of the Internet (and other life-altering technologies) have a deep understanding about how the technology came into existence, and how it continues to be shaped. Inventing the Internet is the perfect book to help us achieve this understanding. If you use the Internet regularly, then this book is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will high-tech history repeat itself?, Feb. 8 2000
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This review is from: Inventing the Internet (Hardcover)
If we don't know where we've been, how will we know where we're going? It's somehow reassuring to learn that a technology which seems to be so new and to change at lightning speed actually has a history spanning several decades. This book is intelligently written; it's not for the reader who is looking merely for fluff and sound bites. I've recommend it to many friends in a variety of fields since internet technology, and the decisions that have been made about it, affect us all in one way or another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's it like to invent a whole new kind of thing?, July 4 2000
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This review is from: Inventing the Internet (Hardcover)
What makes some new technologies (like the net) widely adopted successes, and others (like the futuristic Paris subway system Bruno Latour describes in *Aramis*) flops? Abbate's answer is flexibility, and the ability to adapt to the unanticipated needs of new clients (which is actually pretty close to Latour's answer), and her fascinating history of the ARPAnet should be required reading for anyone involved in a project of similar ambition and scope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, but not for the juvenile, Feb. 21 2001
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This review is from: Inventing the Internet (Hardcover)
The reviewer from "Flagpole" is obviously a disgruntled former student of Ms. Abbate's. Perhaps he flunked a midterm or wrote a lousy paper. But that's his problem...
Anyway, the book is excellent. Looking forward to more insightful analysis on the history of technology in her upcoming books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars important background for the current craze, Nov. 20 1999
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This review is from: Inventing the Internet (Hardcover)
*inventing the internet* is an impressively sound treatment of a 'hot' topic, and abbate manages to provide thorough anaylsis and original research without giving into the hype. the book meets critical scholarly standards in history of technology, but is also accessible to the average informed reader.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Hhhhabate has no CLUE what the internet is!, Sept. 27 1999
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This review is from: Inventing the Internet (Hardcover)
Ms. Abbate still has trouble logging into America Online! She frequently trips over the ethernet cable going into her office. That's about as close as she gets to the "history" of the internet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done, Dec 26 1999
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This review is from: Inventing the Internet (Hardcover)
A thoughtful, well-researched and well-written account of the history of the Internet. Required reading for anyone interested in where this technology came from and why.
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