Abstract - The Information Society 19(2)

The Internet as Hyperbole: Critical Examination of Adoption Rates

Gisle Hannemyr

It seems to be a generally accepted belief that the adoption rate of the Internet has exceeded that of earlier mass communication technologies by several magnitudes. This paper reviews the historic data related to some of these technologies, draws on actor-network theory as a framework for interpreting such data, traces the transformations and translation of this data throughout the public, political and scientific discourse, and discusses the use of “facts” in modern society.

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