Page count: 412 pages
The extended use of the Internet has changed not only our corresponding, cooperating, reading, writing, learning, publishing, working, consuming and entertaining praxis, but radically reshapes the conditions of the human beings existing uniformly for thousands of years. In this process the Internet becomes the medium or substrate of a third form of human existence, of the web-life. How is it possible? What kind of properties of the Internet, what kind of characteristics of its structure, use or working makes this function possible? In this book we intend to answer these questions.
Inventing and disclosing the nature of the Internet is a rather difficult task. Because of the complexity of the Internet it is necessary to consider it as a technological tool, as a communication agent, as a cultural medium and as an independent organism. In this book we try to apply all of these views together, in this way shaping a specific methodology called philosophy of the Internet, and try to apply this view to describe and analyze the very nature of the Internet. In this philosophical discourse some elements of the philosophy of technology, philosophy and theory of communication, philosophy of culture, and philosophy and theory of organization has been involved and put all of them into modern and postmodern contexts in order to show and explain the origin, the nature and the most important characteristics of the Internet.