Internet Cultures

Internet cultures have rapidly emerged and transformed our world in the past quarter of a century, as human beings have seemingly overnight learned to use and depend on computer networks for various kinds of work, military operations, pursuits of scientific knowledge, religious proselytizing, political organization, searches for mates and social communities, illegal activities, and infinite varieties of play. The very size of this “cultural production” defies understanding, and for a long time it has also defied systematic study. The Internet remains underexplored within the humanities as a subject of both research and teaching. Our working group is part of a larger initiative to explore the ways in which Internet cultures (histories, networks, practices) might be studied and taught.