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By considering the role played by social imagination, or imaginaire, in the shaping of innovation, Patrice Flichy provides a new frame to understand our technological world. His book enables the reader to understand better the interactions between military and business strategies, community utopia, and cyberpunk art that have made the Internet possible. This seminal contribution thus reconciles and places in a new perspective various sociological and historical studies, from Janet Abbate's Inventing the Internet to Vincent Mosco's The Digital Sublime. -- Antoine Picon, Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology, Harvard University Graduate School of Design Patrice Flichy is a distinguished media historian. In The Internet Imaginaire he shows how the competing technological visions advanced over the last three decades by industries and governments, scientists and cultural critics, and counterculture and community activists have been woven together to create the fabric of today's Internet. The book is a wide-ranging, compelling survey that will engage Internet scholars and general readers alike. -- Leah A. Lievrouw, Professor, Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

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Patrice Flichy is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Marne de la Vallee, France.


Flichy provides an intelligent guide to the social significance of Internet culture and advances our understanding of why it thrives even when ballyhooed booms go bust.

-American Journal of Sociology

[Flichy's] historical perspective, the depth of his research, and the sobriety of his conclusions are more pressingly relevant than ever.

-Financial Times

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