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New Modes of Intellectual Life in the Network Society

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dc.contributor.advisor Gusterson, Hugh
dc.contributor.author Lang, Jessica
dc.creator Lang, Jessica
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-19T19:25:57Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-19T19:25:57Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/10140
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines the Anonymous network, as well as the 4chan image-board from which Anonymous emerged, to explore the status of intellectual life today and the ways in which networks are using technology and leveraging changes in media structures to create alternative discourses and recast the terms of public debate. Aiming to identify new modes of intellectual engagement in America today, the first half of this dissertation reviews prominent definitions of the intellectual, sets forth a clear denotation, and reviews the role of the intellectual as an historical actor in American since the 20th century. The case studies that follow focus on the activities of the Anonymous network since 2008, when Anonymous announced a staunch commitment to social justice, as well as 4chan, an image-board known for its vile depravity. The aim of this research is not to determine whether these networks are liberatory or oppressive, but to delineate what can be learned from their activities and operations, and the ways in which network society can be used in the service of intellectual aims.
dc.format.extent 213 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2015 Jessica Lang
dc.subject Cultural anthropology
dc.subject Communication
dc.subject 4chan
dc.subject Anonymous
dc.subject Digital
dc.subject Intellectual
dc.subject Internet
dc.subject Network
dc.title New Modes of Intellectual Life in the Network Society
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Cultural Studies en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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