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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Flichy implies that certain individuals needed to popularize the idea of a “Watershed Utopia” to make the Imaginarie happen — a vision of a better world that would be facilitated by the introduction of their ideologies and ideas. In their vision, flying cars would clutter our skies, but cellular phones and the Internet would be beyond the scope of their foresight.

The Internet imaginaire, Flichy argues, led software designers, businesses, politicians, and individuals to adopt this one technology instead of another. Dawn of a New Communication Age. While Flichu must admit that I did come to understand Ricoeur’s framework somewhat better after reading the book, I was even more amazed to discover that Flichy had succeeded notably in one aspect: If I really wanted to know what he was trying to say I would have picked up imaaginaire phone.

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 of its constituency not the designer and provoking appropriate action.

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 imaginairf is in itself dangerous and bound to be disappointing. So if you’ve ever wondered quite where Al Gore is coming from when he proclaims that he “invented” the Internet, or what TCP has to do with your outgoing mail or precisely what IP implies, perhaps this is the book for you.

Instead, it seems that the Internet is wildly successful in being what we made it, a tool for liberal discourse, free economy and pluralism. In his introduction Flichy relies heavily on the work of Paul Ricoeur, one of the originators of the semiotics.

Here Flichy actually does begin to pull his initial if confounding argument together. 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. No where was this more clear than the moment when I thought of dropping my film class when the professor expounded for 20 minutes on the deeper meaning of Jimmy Stewart’s gift of “frankincense” to his small child for Christmas in It’s a Wonderful Lifeonly to have a particularly astute student at the back of the class observe that rather than frankincense, the child had been given a Frankenstein doll I could have this backward I suppose, but it doesn’t really change the crux of the lesson — people can read meaning into anything.


Straight to you every other week. Already have an account? The collective vision that shaped the emergence of the Internet: It seems far more accurate to me to observe that people often make conclusions before a phenomenon has reached fruition, and that history carries on with or without them. The Body and Virtual Reality. By creating a Core77 account you confirm that you accept the Terms of Use. But of course, that may just be my bias, which is toward material and rhetorical analysis, from a historical perspective.

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Any other characterization has inherent flaws. Please enter your email and we will send an email to reset your password. It is a manifestation of our collective Ids, which apparently betray our appetites for pornography, gossip and cheap airfares.

And no, I’ve never been burned by semiotics. Of course, I also fully support discourse in all its forms, and I eagerly await what the forums have to teach me. The Internet Imaginaire had what I would describe as hands-down the most difficult and convoluted introduction I’ve ever encountered.

As such, 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. By Xanthe Matychak – Jul fluchy, 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.

Internet and Digital Economics: The End of Politics. From there he then chronicles several early networks that grew in parallel to the ARPANET, spanning groups as diverse as The Well, which grew from California counterculture into the founding of Wired magazine, through the imaglnaire night game-geeks that created imqginaire first Multi-User Dungeons MUDs in a merger of the computer and role-playing game communities, which evidently had a fair amount of cross-over.

Somehow the hordes of paparazzi chasing Paris Hilton in the hope of catching her at her worst moments never seemed to imsginaire an appeal for me, but I’ve still always assumed Perhaps I’m wrong, but for my part, I’m quite certain that I don’t fully understand semiotics, and I suspect that given its vagaries, similar claims could be made of virtually any of its proponents.


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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? Design Jobs Firms Awards Conference e. It is said that thoughts of profound importance tend to polarize those who encounter them and I must admit that my experience with semiotics imginaire a discipline has been no exception. Well, I received a number imaginakre replies to this review both via email and in post, which I suppose shows that the very nature of the word “semiotics” remains contentious.

Hot-Wiring Your Creative Process, by Curt Cloninger Recently a great deal of attention has been paid to what makes some societies successful and others less so. Join overdesigners who stay up-to-date with the Core77 newsletter Read, highlight, and take flichyy, across web, tablet, and phone.

The metaphorical “information superhighway” became a imaaginaire utopia that informed a technological program. While I hesitate to agree that semiotics is actually profound, it is certainly profoundly French, so my placement was well timed, although my subsequent confusion would have been equally difficult to deal with in far less lush landscapes.

Book Review: The Internet Imaginaire, by Patrice Flichy

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He analyzes the founding myths of cyberculture–the representations of technical systems expressing the dreams and experiments of designers and promoters that developed around information highways, the Flidhy, Bulletin Board systems, and virtual reality.

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Flichy draws on writings by experts–paying particular attention to the gurus of Wired magazine, but also citing articles in Time, Newsweek, and Business Week–from to 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.