The Connectedness of Things

The Connectedness of Things A History of Networking - Infrastructures Series

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Publisher's Synopsis

A media history of the material and infrastructural features of networking practices, a German classic translated for the first time into English.

Nets hold, connect, and catch. They ensnare, bind, and entangle. Our social networks owe their name to a conceivably strange and ambivalent object. But how did the net get into the network? And how can it reasonably represent the connectedness of people, things, institutions, signs, infrastructures, and even nature? The Connectivity of Things by Sebastian Giessmann, the first media history that addresses the overwhelming diversity of networks, attempts to answer all these questions and more.

Reconstructing the decisive moments in which networking turned into a veritable cultural technique, Giessmann takes readers below the street to the Parisian sewers and to the Suez Canal, into the telephone exchanges of Northeast America, and on to the London Underground. His brilliant history explains: why social networks were discovered late; how the rapid rise of mathematical network theory was able to take place; how improbable the invention of the internet was; and even what diagrams and conspiracy theories have to do with it all. A primer on networking as a cultural technique, this translated German classic explains everything one ever could wish to know about networks.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262550741
Publisher: MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 302.3
DEWEY edition: 23/eng/20240221
Language: English
Number of pages: cm.
Weight: 369g
Height: 229mm
Width: 152mm