The SAGE Handbook of Web History, 1st Edition

  • Niels Brugger
  • Ian Milligan
  • Published By: SAGE
  • ISBN-10: 1526455447
  • ISBN-13: 9781526455444
  • DDC: 025.04
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 625 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released February 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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The Web has been with us now for almost 25 years. An integral part of our social, cultural and political lives, ‘new media’ is simply not that new anymore. Despite the rapidly expanding archives of information at our disposal, and the recent growth of interest in web history as a field of research, the information available to us still far outstrips our understanding of how to interpret it. This book marks the first comprehensive review of this subject to date. Its editors emphasise two main different forms of study: the use of the web as an historical resource, and the web as an object of study in its own right. Bringing together all the existing knowledge of the field, with an interdisciplinary focus and an international scope, this is an incomparable resource for researchers and students alike.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Figures and Box.
List of Tables.
Notes on the Editors and Contributors.
Foreword The Web as Counterpart.
The Web and Historiography.
1: Historiography and the Web.
2: Understanding the Archived Web as a Historical Source.
3: Existing Web Archives.
4: Periodizing Web Archiving: Biographical, Event-Based, National and Autobiographical Traditions.
Theoretical and Methodological Reflections.
5: Web History in Context.
6: Science and Technology Studies Approaches to Web History.
7: Theorizing the Uses of the Web.
8: Ethical Considerations for Web Archives and Web History Research.
9: Collecting Primary Sources from Web Archives: A Tale of Scarcity and Abundance.
10: Network Analysis for Web History.
11: Quantitative Web History Methods.
12: Computational Methods for Web History.
13: Visualizing Historical Web Data.
Technical and Structural Dimensions of Web History.
14: Adding the Dimension of Time to HTTP.
15: Hypertext before the Web – or, What the Web Could Have Been.
16: A Historiography of the Hyperlink: Periodizing the Web through the Changing Role of the Hyperlink.
17: How Search Shaped and Was Shaped by the Web.
18: Making the Web Meaningful: A History of Web Semantics.
19: Browsers and Browser Wars.
20: Emergence of the Mobile Web.
Platforms on the Web.
21: Wikipedia.
22: A Critical Political Economy of Web Advertising History.
23: Exploring Web Archives in the Age of Abundance: A Social History Case Study of GeoCities.
24: Blogs.
25: The History of Online Social Media.
Web History and Users, some Case Studies.
26: Cultural Historiography of the ‘Homepage’.
27: Consumers, News, and a History of Change.
28: Historical Studies of National Web Domains.
29: The Origins of Electronic Literature as Net/Web Art.
30: Exploring the Memory of the First World War Using Web Archives: Web Graphs Seen from Different Angles.
31: A History with Web Archives, Not a History of Web Archives: A History of the British Measles–Mumps–Rubella Vaccine Crisis, 1998–2004.
32: Religion and Web History.
33: Hearing the Past: The Sonic Web from MIDI to Music Streaming.
34: Memes.
35: Years of the Internet: Vernacular Creativity before, on and after the Chinese Web.
36: Cultural, Political and Technical Factors Influencing Early Web Uptake in North America and East Asia.
37: Online Pornography.
38: Spam.
39: Trolls and Trolling History: From Subculture to Mainstream Practices.
The Roads Ahead.
40: Web Archives and (Digital) History: A Troubled Past and a Promising Future?.