1. Studying the Internet through the Ages

  1. Mia Consalvo2 and
  2. Charles Ess3
  1. Barry Wellman

Published Online: 27 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444314861.ch1

The Handbook of Internet Studies

The Handbook of Internet Studies

How to Cite

Wellman, B. (2011) Studying the Internet through the Ages, in The Handbook of Internet Studies (eds M. Consalvo and C. Ess), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444314861.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Ohio University, USA

  2. 3

    Drury University, Springfield, Missouri, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Toronto, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405185882

Online ISBN: 9781444314861



  • beyond the great divides - primer on internet histories, methods and ethics;
  • studying the Internet through the ages;
  • linking social science with computerized communication;
  • attention, to how people - communicate in real life;
  • First Age of Internet Studies - Punditry Rides Rampant;
  • economic forces, fueling the turn away - towards applications supporting social networks;
  • Internet, as a bright light - shining above everyday concerns;
  • Second Age of Internet Studies - flames of Internet euphoria, collapse of dot.com boom in 2000;
  • search engines, as Alta Vista and Google - beyond a cognoscenti's game;
  • Third Age, documentation to analysis - ethereal light, as part of everyday things


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Pre-History

  • The First Age of Internet Studies: Punditry Rides Rampant

  • The Second Age of Internet Studies: Systematic Documentation of Users and Uses

  • The Third Age: From Documentation to Analysis

  • References