[Air-L] reformatting internet studies

Barry Wellman wellman at chass.utoronto.ca
Wed May 20 11:48:20 PDT 2015

This is what Charles Ess wrote:

Drawing on disciplines throughout the natural sciences, social sciences, 
and the humanities, Internet Studies explores Internet-facilitated human 
(and machine) communication with characteristic (but not exclusive) focus 
on how identity, agency, relationship, community, and power interact with 
the affordances of Internet-based communication technologies, often with a 
careful view towards larger ethical, social, political, cultural, 
economic, legal, and other human contexts. Internet Studies further 
includes meta-theoretical development and refinement of various research 
methodologies; specific attention to the ethical challenges and possible 
resolutions to these challenges that arise in the course of such research; 
and the histories of the Internet, including web history as a domain in 
its own right.

Without commenting much on its validity (first glance seems pretty good), 
I would like to rewrite in shorter sentences and some simplifying

Internet Studies describes and analyzes internet-facilitated human and 
machine communication with a characteristic (but not exclusive) focus on 
the affordances of internet-based communication and information 
technologies. It draws on disciplines throughout the social sciences, 
humanities, and the natural sciences. Internet Studies often takes a 
careful view of ethical, social, historical, political, cultural, 
economic, legal and other human contexts, and it also includes germane 
theoretical and methodological developments.

That's a straight rewrite, but I wonder why "Internet" when Mobile and 
Things are becoming important. Should it be rewritten as Digital Media 

Just my .02 for the day

and hi to the ICA folks. Wish I could be there.

   Barry Wellman
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