Imagining the Digital Society – Metaphors from the Past and Present

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The current rapid social and technological change is giving rise to enormous
uncertainties – and a great need for explanation and sense-making. How do we
understand the digital society? When we talk about the future that we cannot know
and a present that we do not understand, we have no option but to use the conceptual apparatus of the past – with normative, social and economic implications. This primer introduces a series of essays on the politics of metaphors in the digital society. It aims to uncover the hidden assumptions and concepts within our discourses of the digital, piece by piece.


External organisations
  • Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Engineering and Technology


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncore: The Annual Magazine on Internet and Society Research
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherThe Alexander Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2018 Jan 29

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