The Internet, Power and Society - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843344520, 9781780631684

The Internet, Power and Society

1st Edition

Rethinking the Power of the Internet to Change Lives

Authors: Marcus Leaning
eBook ISBN: 9781780631684
Paperback ISBN: 9781843344520
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 30th August 2009
Page Count: 194
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Understanding the Internet: Theories of technology and society; The idea of the Internet; The Internet, politics and the public sphere; Politics and the role of the Internet. Part 2 The Internet and society: Social form and media potency – the processes of modernisation; The Internet and society: Reconsidering the link; Conclusion.


An exciting challenge to how the internet and ICT have been understood in academia and popular culture and shows how important ‘cultural’ assumptions are in how we understand technology. The Internet, Power and Society argues that the way in which we view technology such as the internet owes much to older, historic views of the media and to ‘issues’ in contemporary society. Such perspectives are deeply rooted in a Western view of technology and the book concludes by offering a radically new perspective as to how the internet can change a society that is truly global in its application.

Key Features

  • An original approach to ICT and the Internet that challenges the orthodoxy
  • Very topical subject matter - the book addresses many of the issues regarded of key import in high level political discussions (such as the World Summit on the Information Society); the current understanding of ICT and how to move beyond this interpretation
  • An approach that moves the debate forward and offers a truly global way of understanding the Internet and ICT


Researchers, academics, post-graduate and higher level undergraduate students in the fields of information studies – particularly fields such as social and community informatics, media/mass communications studies, media sociology, media anthropology, media development and other academics subjects allied to the media field


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This book is definitely worth a read…it is well structured, well written, and extremely informative, Online Information Review

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About the Authors

Marcus Leaning Author

Dr Marcus Leaning is a senior lecturer in digital media at Trinity College, Carmarthen, University of Wales. He has given numerous international lectures and conference presentations, was a visiting research fellow at Hokkaido University in Japan, and has published numerous academic papers and popular articles on the Internet and its role in social change.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Wales, UK