Net Theory and Digital Leisure
What do theorists outside leisure studies think about the Net? There are some theorists who have made a name in wider subject fields and disciplines as prophets of the Net. There are others whose theoretical frameworks have been used by those critically exploring the impact of the Net on human society. There are those who are excited about the possibilities of the Net, those prophets who see the technology as a herald of the dawn of a new age and others who see only doom in the Net’s entrails. This chapter will focus on the work of a few key theorists outside leisure studies who have attempted to understand and critique the development of the Network Society. It is impossible to engage with everyone who has written on the Net, or everyone to whom the Net is a stepping-point to some deeper social or cultural theory, so I have had to make a selective choice of authors. I have chosen a range of people who have contributed to Net Theory over time as the Net has developed, but also people whose work is useful for us in understanding digital leisure.
KeywordsPublic Sphere Popular Culture Communicative Rationality Transnational Corporation Global Capitalism
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