The Internet is Not a Super Highway: Using Metaphors to Communicate Information and Communications Policy

  title={The Internet is Not a Super Highway: Using Metaphors to Communicate Information and Communications Policy},
  author={Kristen Jakobsen Osenga},
  journal={Journal of Information Policy},
  • K. Osenga
  • Published 1 January 2013
  • Computer Science
  • Journal of Information Policy
Do metaphors influence our information policy preferences? Professor Osenga thinks so, which makes it especially important to choose the right one, as a metaphor is often the primary tool the general public uses to understand information policy. Using a five-point rubric, she evaluates, among others, understanding the Internet as “tubes,” “highway,” “space (cyberspace),” “coffee shop/bar” and “cloud.” Osenga finds them all lacking in important ways. However, she believes the metaphor of the… 
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