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Internet Studies as a discipline?

Posted on Tue, Oct 18, 2005 at 4:27 PM by Andrew Chadwick

The latest issue of The Information Society has some interesting contributions on the theme: 'What is Internet Studies?' Is Internet Studies a discipline, an interdisciplinary field, a fragmented mess, or does it exist at all? [Subscription required to access].

Do we need existing disciplinary lenses to study it, and are some lenses better than others? From my experience of writing Internet Politics, I'd say that the best academic literature on the Internet comes from the (firmly entrenched) disciplines of sociology, political science, and communication.

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