Search Swinburne Research Bank
This object has not yet been indexed by the background indexing service.
Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1959.3/1298
- E-futures: towards a better understanding of internet users
- Barr, Trevor
- A few days before Christmas 1903 an unidentified Australian correspondent offered his assessment of the recent poor performance of the first Deakin government in London's Momina Post. We now know that the unidentified Australian correspondent commenting on the downfall of the Deakin government was none other than Alfred Deakin himself Two London journals, Morning Post and National Review, published regular and remarkably astute articles on Australian politics. These anonymous long pieces, similar in style and tone, amounted to more than a million words over thirteen years. Alfred Deakin took elaborate precautions to prevent discovery. Alfred Deakin would have loved the internet. Its platform offers anonymity in many international contexts, and its freewheeling expressionism would have appealed to his sense of good democratic participation. This lecture examines the apparent remarkable success of the Internet and suggests the way things might go for Internet communities and network business practices in the future. Its key theme is an appeal for greater attention to be given to important agendas that we so urgently need to understand---what the end users might want the internet to be.
- Publication type
- Book chapter
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology. School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
- The Alfred Deakin lectures: ideas for the future of a civil society, pp. 345-357
- Publication year
- ABC Books for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- Collection copyright © Melbourne Festival and Australian Broadcasting Corporation 2001. This lecture copyright © Trevor Barr 2001.