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Combining perspectives to understand the Internet

G Adamson

Association of Internet Researchers | Published : 2006

Abstract

The Internet is a point of convergence for many uses and users. In being this it crosses or combines many traditionally separate areas of research, each with its own perspective or perspectives. Such a combination creates a challenge for researchers: how to combine these various perspectives in examining Internet use. This paper looks at the methodological challenge of one approach to this. It describes doctoral research which examined the causes of difficulty for commercial Internet investment in the period 1995 to 2003 by combining five perspectives: historical, technical, media, regulatory and business theory. The paper provides examples of the misunderstanding that I found regarding conc..

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