Metaphors of Internet: Coming Soon to a Bookshelf Near You!

Sep 2, 2020


After three long years of collaboration, we are pleased to announce that Metaphors of Internet: Ways of Being in the Age of Ubiquity is finally published in the fantastic series by Steve Jones, Digital Formations (Peter Lang Press). Top scholars in the field of Digital Culture and Internet Studies have worked together to produce short and long pieces, along with artwork and creative poetry. These all express different ways that the internet has woven its way into our lives as a way of being. Drawing on and extending Markham’s foundational 1998 book Life Online, these pieces form a cohesive and readable book.

Early reviewers have high praise for Metaphors of Internet:

The Internet has disappeared. This exceptional book brings it back into focus – through richly illustrated histories, artworks, and reflections. It is both a historical document and an exploration of possible futures. On top of that, Annette and Katrin have given us a profoundly inspirational glimpse of what truly creative scholarship looks like.
Mark Deuze, Professor of Journalism and Media Culture, University of Amsterdam, author of Media Life.


Metaphors of the Internet is an extraordinary book, which zooms from the early days of cyberspace to the present moment to ask how we might conceptualise what the internet is, feels and means. Curated by the fabulous duo of Annette Markham and Katrin Tiidenberg this book presents a new vision, and mode of encountering the internet in everyday lives and biographies. It presents an at once collective and carefully crafted, but also deeply personalised and reflexive, series of metaphors and stories through which the internet and life can be conceptualised as part of the same world. It invites us to acknowledge and contemplate anew how our own and others’ lives are entangled in the creativity and politics of everyday environments, that are never not digi- tal. Metaphors of the Internet is essential, fascinating and accessible reading for anyone from any academic or practice-based discipline who is interested in understanding the internet.
Sarah Pink, Professor of Design and Emerging Technologies, Monash University, author of Situating Everyday Life: Practices and Places and Doing Sensory Ethnography


What language will internet research speak in the years to come? Read this innovative collection and find out what you will be thinking about, researching, and dreaming about, when you talk technology. A fun and forward thinking patchwork of ideas weaved together by scholars known for being ahead of their time.
Zizi Papacharissi Professor and Head of Communication, Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago

Order the e-book or paperback here or contact us for pre-print copies of chapters!