Internet and the Public Sphere Introduction One of the most predominantly unintended outcomes of the microelectronics revolutions has been the profound creation of significantly more channels for the flow of information. Certainly, the largest of these systems is the Internet, which is incontestably the world’s largest electronic network. More than a decade ago, it connected an estimated 100 million people in more than 130 countries; just imagine the vastness of its contemporary interconnections (Warf and Grimes, 1997, p. 259). Tracing as far back as 1969 when the United States Department of Defense created Arpanet, the Internet has since expanded and became public first to the scientific and academic community in 1984, then eventually to...The end:
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