Chapter 7: The internet as culture
The culture metaphor shows up in notions such as ‘cyberculture’, ‘internet communities’, ‘digital natives’, and ‘free internet culture’, which associate the internet with specific cultural and social practices. As with the previous metaphors, the culture metaphor is reflected in a large body of research that explores the internet from the perspective of its cultural practices, focusing on various examples of internet communities, including their norms and values, identity formation, sharing and collaboration, means of social con- trol, and so forth (Rheingold 1993; Turkle 1995; Paccagnella 1997; Smith and Kollock 1999; Miller 2000; Silver 2000; Bell 2001; Lessig 2004; Benkler 2006; Shirky 2008).
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