The Three Ages of Internet Studies: Ten, Five and Zero Years Ago

@article{Wellman2004TheTA,
  title={The Three Ages of Internet Studies: Ten, Five and Zero Years Ago},
  author={Barry Wellman},
  journal={New Media \& Society},
  year={2004},
  volume={6},
  pages={123 - 129}
}
  • B. Wellman
  • Published 1 February 2004
  • Environmental Science
  • New Media & Society
As one of the first social scientists to be involved in Internet research, I went to biannual gatherings of the then-tribe: CSCW (computer supported cooperative work) conferences that were dominated by computer scientists writing “groupware” applications. Lotus Notes derivations were in vogue. Lab studies were the predominant research method of choice, summarized in Lee Sproull and Sara Kiesler’s Connections book (1991). 
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