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Abstract The Social and Discursive Construction of New Information Technologies

By Bernd Frohmann


Social constructivism provides a fruitful approach for understanding new information technologies. Some leading ideas of social constructivism are introduced, and a discursive reading is given of a model that integrates them: Collins’s “empirical programme of relativism” (EPOR). The importance of discourse in the social construction of technologies is illustrated by the construction of meanings for the “information superhighway”, or “infobahn ” in some American popular magazines

Year: 2009
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