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The Internet as Cultural Form: Technology and the Human Condition in China

Published on Jun 1, 2009in Knowledge, Technology & Policy
· DOI :10.1007/s12130-009-9074-z
Guobin Yang19
Estimated H-index: 19
(Columbia University)
Abstract
Raymond Williams’ work on television as a cultural form offers a theoretical basis for overcoming technological determinism in the study of the Internet. The Internet in China exerts social and political influences through the cultural forms it enables and then only when these forms respond to the human condition. Chinese Internet culture consists of new cultural forms that emerge out of the interactions between Internet and society and that are the products of both cultural tradition and innovation.
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