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The Web as History

Brügger, Niels and Schroeder, Ralph (Eds). (2017) The Web as History. [Book]. UCL Press: London. Green open access

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Abstract

The World Wide Web has now been in use for more than 20 years. From early browsers to today’s principal source of information, entertainment and much else, the Web is an integral part of our daily lives, to the extent that some people believe ‘if it’s not online, it doesn’t exist.’ While this statement is not entirely true, it is becoming increasingly accurate, and reflects the Web’s role as an indispensable treasure trove. It is curious, therefore, that historians and social scientists have thus far made little use of the Web to investigate historical patterns of culture and society, despite making good use of letters, novels, newspapers, radio and television programmes, and other pre-digital artefacts. This volume argues that now is the time to ask what we have learnt from the Web so far. The 12 chapters explore this topic from a number of interdisciplinary angles – through histories of national web spaces and case studies of different government and media domains – as well as an introduction that provides an overview of this exciting new area of research.

Type: Book
Title: The Web as History
ISBN-13: 9781911307563
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781911307563
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781911307563
Language: English
Additional information: Text © Contributors, 2017 Images © Contributors and copyright holders named in captions, 2017 This book is published under a Creative Common 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work; to adapt the work and to make commercial use of the work providing attribution is made to the authors (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). Attribution should include the following information: Niels Brügger and Ralph Schroeder (eds.), The Web as History . London, UCL Press, 2017. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781911307563 Further details about CC BY licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/
Keywords: World Wide Web, Archive, Communication, Digital humanities
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1542998
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