TITLE

Frederick Jackson Turner and the Democratization of the Electronic Frontier

AUTHOR(S)
Carveth, Rod; Metz, J.
PUB. DATE
March 1996
SOURCE
American Sociologist;Spring96, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p72
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the parallelism between sociologist Frederick Jackson Turner's frontier hypothesis and the electronic frontier known as the Internet. In this study it is proposed that the stages of development of the western U.S. frontier proposed by Turner parallels the development of the electronic frontier. In addition, it is argued that the people who developed the electronic frontier shared four attributes with the individuals who settled the west: Interaction with the environment, individualism, nationalism and the concept of democracy. Furthermore, the article discusses the three separate stages of the conquest of the western frontier. These three stages include: Pioneers, settlers, and men of capital. It was concluded that technology and society are in a constant dialogue through which society and its institutions are shaped and reshaped. The new environment created by technology has meant that rather than a mass society, the nation is integrating, highly divisible, and linked by information systems.
ACCESSION #
9607151239

 

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