Hypens Grammatik informationsteknologi i återberättandet som myt praktiserad verklighet och vetenskaplig analys alternativt IT-hypen åren innan och omkring millennieskiftet i väntan på nästa hype och nästa och nästa ...

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)


The Grammar of The Hype digital information technology -IT- in retelling as myth its experienced reality and in scientific analysis or the IT-hype in the years prior to and at the turn of the millennium waiting for the next hype and the next, and“next”...

This is the title of my thesis and it focuses rather on a particular “hype” than deals with the so-called information society as such. What is implied here is a new type of technology - digital information technology - that was generally introduced in the years before and at the turn of the millennium. My thesis could also be applied, I think, to other situations of a similar kind that, might be characterised as hypes or as “periods of irrational exuberance”. What is usually referred to as “IT within information society” I would consider to be an excellent illustration of such phenomena for contemporary times.

Chapter 2 - The Myth - deals with IT and technology, and how it was manifested in our society at fairs, exhibitions, lectures and conferences focusing at IT the year 1999 and 2000. Chapter 3 - The Users - deals with seven so-called “IT-users” and their retelling, based on different experiences of IT - in various context, in working life.

Chapter 4 - The Theorists – penetrates the views of nine scientists and their different analysis focusing on “technology and IT in the society”.

Chapter 5 - The Grammar of The Hype ... - The conclusions of the above analysis are - put in relationship to the “IT-users” counterpart. I also present theoretical thoughts in order to illustrate the main characteristics and functions of a “hype” in the society.

The thesis shows how a social anthropological approach can be used to penetrate the phenomena “technology and IT” as an influential force in the society. A quite extensive summary in English, based on the final chapter of my thesis is intended to act as a “highlight” of the main points.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Social Anthropology


  • Cultural anthropology, Sociologi, Sociology, the tool, man and the machine, IT-myths, IT-theorists, IT-users, society, technology, IT, hype, ethnology, Kulturantropologi, etnologi
Original languageSwedish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
  • [unknown], [unknown], Supervisor, External person
Award date2004 Dec 13
  • Demos
Print ISBNs91-631-6053-6
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2004-12-13 Time: 10:00 Place: Pangea, Geocentrum External reviewer(s) Name: Hylland-Eriksen, Thomas Title: Prof Affiliation: [unknown] ---