An Internet of Everything?

Preamble edit

This is the opening page to the An Internet of Everything? Wikibook.

As the title suggests, this is a book which seeks to record contributions to the understanding of a specific set of topics, loosely grouped under the subject area of "Digital Culture", of particular salience to 2016.

It is put together through the combined talents and efforts of a cohort of students taking the FMSU9A4 module during the Spring of 2016 at the University of Stirling in Scotland, UK. It is an assessed educational project.

The aim is, firstly, for students to record the content of their learning and their contributions to this book will reflect their studies on one of the featured themes. However, secondly and most importantly, the hope is that students will learn the values associated with working at different levels as individual researchers, as research teams, and as research communities in the Wiki*edia platforms. That is to say: producing knowledge; collaboration and sharing; and peer-reviewing the work of others for the good of the community Wiki*edia, but in particular on Wikibooks. Students will thus gain hands-on experience of a wiki environment, within the auspices of one of Wikimedia's large projects (i.e. Wikibooks) and make something that adds to currents in the academic field of digital media and culture.

Note that while this is a class project, anyone may contribute as Wikibooks does not permit "ownership" of material.

Chapters edit

List of Contributors edit

This Wikibook is being put together as an on-going a collaborative class project by the following Wikimedian contributors. Together, they form a cohort of students studying Digital Media and Culture as part of their degree programme in the Division of Communications, Media and Culture, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK. Doubtless, there are other contributors within the Wikibooks and Wikipedia community who have contributed advice, support, suggestions and content in collaboration with these students. Your help and advice is most appreciated. Thank you!

Contributors, please feel free to sign your username on the contributors page here

Glossary edit

A list of definitions of key terms to be found in this Wikibook, student contribs from all project groups welcome. Please format in alphabetic order.

Dogmatic Philosophy. Asserting or insisting upon ideas or principles, especially when unproven or unexamined, in an imperious or arrogant manner.

General Public License (GPL) A form of licensing which allows the modification of the software

Hard Determinism View on free will which holds that determinism is true, and that it is incompatible with free will, and, therefore, that free will does not exist.

Non-Dogmatic Philosophy. Starts from nature and attaches itself to nature, natural philosophy.

Reductionism. Several related but different philosophical positions regarding the connections between phenomena, or theories, "reducing" one to another, usually considered "simpler" or more "basic."

Romanticism. An artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century and in most areas was at its peak in the approximate period from 1800 to 1850.

Soft Determinism. A passive view as to how technology interacts with socio-political situations.