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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By examining in detail the discourses surrounding the development of the Internet in the United States in the s and considering them an integral part of that developmentFlichy shows how an entire society began a new technological era. As fllchy, I find Flichy’s use of semiotics as a framework somewhat confusing, when a capitalist or libertarian analysis would have suited it so much better. Straight to you every other week. 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.

With this in mind, The Internet isn’t what it is because of Al Gore, or because of anyone else. The next time I hear some young or even aged Imaginwire say his work isn’t about things, but rather emotions or experiences, I may suggest to him that he take a serious interest in semiotics, since semiotics is explicitly the study of how meaning is produced, maintained, and transformed.

Book Review: The Internet Imaginaire, by Patrice Flichy

By the final page, I had to agree with Flichy that the current manifestation of the Internet didn’t necessarily live up to the Utopian visions present at its founding, but what movement does? Dawn of a New Communication Age.

I tend to shy away from ascribing motives to people, except insofar as they seem to be clearly participating in a cultural practice.


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. By creating a Core77 account you confirm that you accept the Terms of Use. K Reset Password Please enter your email and we will send an email to reset your password.

In his introduction Flichy relies heavily on the work of Paul Ricoeur, one of the originators of the semiotics.

In their vision, flying cars would clutter our skies, but cellular phones and the Internet would be beyond the scope of their foresight. He describes two main domains of the technical imaginaire: Account Options Sign in.

So let me invite people in this forum to refer me to works that might open my eyes to semiotics as it relates to subjects beyond literary and cinematic analysis. By Imzginaire Matychak – Jul 10, Summer read for designers 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. References to this book Internet and Digital Economics: And no, I’ve never been burned by semiotics.

For my part, Imagiinaire 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. None of the claims of its adherents can be contested legitimately by nonadherents. 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.

Here Flichy actually does begin to pull his initial if confounding argument together. The collective vision that shaped the emergence of the Internet: In its second section The Internet Imaginaire examines the role of the Internet in popular culture. 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.


He is seen and adored and he never has to Indeed, in their fruition, the Internet and projects like it resist and confound semiotic analysis because they are the product of many hands. History itself is littered with failed ideologies, and while semiotics views the failure of ideologies as disappointing, I would reject that, positing instead that the very notion of an ideology, whether “mask,” “legitimization,” “Marxist,” “capitalist,” or even “semiotic,” is in itself dangerous and bound to be disappointing.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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 Ultimately, like the Internet, The Internet Imaginaire covers too much territory to digest in a single sitting, yet alone a few hundred words of review.

As our culture moves toward a knowledge economy, such prognostications may well be accurate, but I would view a knowledge-elite as far preferable to landed aristocracy and primogeniture. The Internet Imaginaire had what I would describe as hands-down the most difficult and convoluted introduction I’ve ever encountered. I fully agree with Greg B, and probably Donald Norman as well, that design is not about emotion at least not the designer’sbut instead is about accommodating the behavior imaginxire its constituency not the designer and provoking appropriate action.

It is a manifestation imaginaore our collective Ids, which apparently betray our appetites for pornography, gossip and cheap airfares.