Issue No. 03 - July-September (2006 vol. 28)
pp: 96, c3
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MAHC.2006.58
Paul E. Ceruzzi , Smithsonian Institution
The Internet is a technological construction with a magnitude and scope comparable to the hydroelectric dams, railroads, aircraft, and electric power systems of an earlier era. Yet, it has no obvious physical manifestation--no physical object we can point to that obviously and unambiguously represents it. This article suggests some of the reasons why that is and whether a physical essence is important in defining large-scale technological systems.
material culture, Internet, networking
P. E. Ceruzzi, "The Materiality of the Internet," in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 28, no. , pp. 96, c3, 2006.