The Internet as a Technical-Social-Political-Economic System:
A Mediological View

Martin Irvine

 

The Internet is formed by multiple mediations: institutional, political, technical, economic, historical.

 

Hierarchization of media and information systems in the contemporary mediasphere:

 

How the World is Connected:
Internet Topology and Topography Maps are Proxies for Centers of Globalization and Resource Concentration


Global Internet Map, 2006, Telegeography. Click for large image.


Internet Global Traffic Map, 2010, Telegeography. Click for large image.

 

Internet Technologies: the mediating material means of the medium

 

The Mediating Social-Institutional Environment:
the social conditions for deployment of the medium, cultural acceptance and reception, cultural embeddedness of technology

 

Internet Governance: Standards, International Cooperation, Regulation

The Future