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In The Internet Imaginaire, Patrice Flichy takes a thorough and comprehensive look at the sociological history surrounding the creation of the. The Internet imaginaire, Flichy argues, led software designers, businesses, politicians, and individuals to adopt this one technology instead of another. Flichy . |[kH The Internet Imaginaire. By Patrice Flichy. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, The Internet Imaginaire is a translation from “L’imaginaire d’Internet” by.

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Instead of finding hidden meaning, they project their own demons. From Internet Myth to CyberImaginaire.

Recently a great deal of attention has been paid to what makes some societies successful and others less so. Here Flichy actually does begin to pull his initial if confounding argument together. While I must admit that I did come to understand Ricoeur’s framework somewhat better after reading the book, I was even more amazed to discover that Flichy had succeeded notably in one aspect: Flichy implies that certain individuals needed to popularize the idea of a “Watershed Utopia” to make the Internet happen — a vision of a better world that would be facilitated by the introduction of their ideologies and ideas.

After reading the introduction, I must admit that I was completely furious, and more than a little confused by the terminology, but imaginaite reviewer that Imafinaire am, I soldiered on, intent to try to figure out just what this man was trying to say. I read the book while traveling on the TGV high-speed train from Nice to Paris, which couldn’t have been a more appropriate backdrop for perusing its pages.

Semiotics is a cult, like Freudian analysis.

Book Review: The Internet Imaginaire, by Patrice Flichy

My personal experience with semiotics is based wholly on a single class I took at Brown University where we explored semiotics, Auteur theory and the deeper meaning of films like Taxi Driver. I tend to shy away from ascribing motives to people, except insofar as they seem to be clearly participating in a cultural practice. And no, I’ve never been burned by semiotics. Please enter your email and we will send an email to reset your password.


The next time I hear some young or even aged IDer say his work isn’t about things, but rather emotions or experiences, I may suggest to imaginakre that he take a serious interest in semiotics, since semiotics is explicitly the study of how meaning is produced, maintained, and transformed.

I fully agree with Greg B, and imagniaire Donald Norman as well, that design is not about emotion at least not the designer’sbut instead is about accommodating the behavior of its constituency not the designer and provoking appropriate action. Furniture and Interior Design for the 21st Century Observers at the beginning of the 20th century would have been hard-pressed to have predicted the information revolution that we are experiencing now.

The metaphorical “information superhighway” became a technical utopia that informed a technological program. References to this book Internet and Digital Economics: It is a manifestation of our collective Ids, which apparently betray our appetites for pornography, gossip and cheap airfares.

For my part, I freely admit that I’m not lettered in semiotics and have only had secondary experiences where people interested in guessing deeper meaning used semiotics as a frame for justifying their opinions.

As a scientist and historian, this frustrated me deeply, since it seemed a redundant exercise to try to figure out what Scorsese’s films were trying to say while the man was still alive and well in California.

Username Password Flicby password? In its second section The Internet Imaginaire examines the role of the Internet in popular culture. Internet and Digital Economics: It’s here because of us, the users, shoppers and the blog readers. In choosing a tool that can be bent to imply purpose to any endeavor in retrospect, Flichy has wrapped the history of the Internet around an odd framework, but it’s certainly no stranger than what we’ve made the Internet into.


Because once you jettison the baggage of semiotics, Flichy has written a very thorough historical expose on the originations and causes of one of the major paradigm shifts of our day, the Internet. By flichj a Core77 account you confirm that you accept the Terms of Use. But of course, that may just be my bias, which is toward material and rhetorical analysis, from a historical perspective.

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Don’t have an account? In their vision, flying cars would clutter our skies, but cellular phones and the Internet would be beyond the scope of their foresight. None of the claims of its adherents can be contested legitimately by nonadherents.

After I’d read it three times flivhy no avail, my mother interceded.

The Body and Virtual Reality. Somehow the hordes of paparazzi chasing Paris Hilton in the hope of catching her at her worst moments never seemed to have an appeal for me, but I’ve still always assumed Already have an account?

If I really wanted to know what he was trying to say I would have picked up a phone. Straight to you every other week. For those you who need design all of the time–even in your fiction–meet Ethan Hoevel, a talented New York designer and the protagonist in The Tourists, a juicy first-novel by Jeff Hobbs.

More specificially, my concern is that I’ve had both positive and negative feedback from adherents of the same discipline, which implies to me that semiotics remains uncodified, fractious and unscientific. Really it is my first visit,I found this post fascinating.