Lurking: How a Person Became a User

Lurking: How a Person Became a User

A concise but wide-ranging personal history of the internet fromfor the first timethe point of view of the userIn a shockingly short amount of time, the internet has bound people around the world together and torn us apart and changed not just the way we communicate but who we are and who we can be. It has created a new, unprecedented cultural space that we are all a part...

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Title:Lurking: How a Person Became a User
Author:Joanne McNeil
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Edition Language:English

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  • Kendra
    Note: I received an ARC because I am interviewing Joanne for an appearance on her book tour.This book does an amazing job of blending theory and personal experience, and chooses to spend time on the less well developed portions of Internet culture. Grateful for McNeil's reflections, stories, and foc...
  • Rachel Pollock
    I absolutely loved this book of social criticism and history of social media online over the past few decades. Beginning with Usenet and BBS, traveling through AOL and Yahoo groups, Friendster MySpace, blogging, Facebook, Reddit, and more, the author analyzes the changing nature of what it means to ...
  • Blair
    (3.5) An entertaining, accessible history of the internet, detailing how we all became 'users' and how the early (anonymous, utopian) Web gave way to... whatever it is we have now. It's a lively, personal narrative, sometimes too personal to truly do justice to the user-centred idea, with some polit...
  • Julie G
    The book was provided as an ARC via Netgalley for an honest reviewThis book features the following topics/genres The Internet / Social MediaPublishers release date: 25 February 2020The distinction between a user and a person is both evident and understated. Joanne McNeil makes it apparent from the ...
  • Michael
    Lurking thoughtfully considers how the internets early anonymous, intimate communities gave way to todays hyper-public, all-pervasive social media platforms. Drawing upon her personal experiences McNeil touches upon the rise and fall of everything from 90s chat rooms to Myspace, before turning to th...
  • Paolo Latini
    Un'interessante storia ragionata degli strumenti tecnologici che hanno cambiato la nostra vita negli ultimi 10-15 anni, che parte dalla preistoria di internet senza web e senza mobilità, passa per i primi ora rudimentali motori di ricerca, aggregatori sociali e forum (Altavista, Geocieties, Frien...
  • June
    Less academic, more anecdotal, an originally constructed, intuitively narrated essay and memoir, since the topics discussed and criticism exhorted are overlapped with The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, so I cannot help comparing two books, to praise the latter to be superior. Perhaps Ive never been...
  • Megan Kirby
    Still thinking about the chapters on the early internet. One of my favorite parts of Lurking is that it opened up so many other articles and books that I've added to my list....

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