Journal of
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ISSN: 1690-4524 (Online)

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Nagib C. Callaos

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Overall Development Management Model: A New Approach for Emerging Countries. Comparative Analysis of Six Countries on Two Continents.
Fabiana Sciarelli, Azzurra Rinaldi
(pages: 1-7)

The Review Function in Organizations and its Implications for Organization Theory, Cybernetics, and Ethnography
Paul D. Nugent, Richard Montague
(pages: 8-12)

Measuring the Value of Enterprise Architecture on IT Projects with CHAOS Research
Eaglan Kurek, James Johnson, Hans Mulder
(pages: 13-18)

Student-Lead, Interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning for Continuous Success in Animation Education
Seth Holladay, Brent Adams
(pages: 19-24)

Increasing the Attractiveness of Study Programs in the Field of Security and Safety
Eva Sventekova, Katarina Holla
(pages: 25-28)

METEO11 Meteorological Message gained from the METB3, METCM or Abstract of Measured Meteorological Data
Karel Šilinger, Martin Blaha
(pages: 29-34)

Transdisciplinar Meta-Design for Geomatics Applications
Margarita Paras Fernandez, Fernando Lopez Caloca
(pages: 35-40)

Biomonapp’s Sensing & Monitoring of Plants/Fish & Water Quality for Ag Biotech & Bio Monitoring Environments
Christine M. Cunningham Yukech
(pages: 41-47)

Data Binding Issue in Fire Control Application for Technical Control of Artillery Fire
Martin Blaha, Karel Šilinger, Ladislav Potužák
(pages: 48-52)

Explaining the AMST Model: Using Arts, Maths, Science, and Technology in an Upgraded Problem-Based Learning Approach
Georgia Daleure
(pages: 53-56)

Challenges for Using IT in Mexico’s Health Care Industry (Aguascalientes México Case)
Jesús Salvador Vivanco, Martha González
(pages: 57-61)

Dialectal Atlas of the Arab World - between Intention and Reality
Anass Bayaga, Olga Bernikova
(pages: 62-65)

Integrating Architectural Approaches in Communication Design Education to Improve Awareness in Affordance Design
Simge Esin Orhun
(pages: 66-71)

Ethical Implications in the Way Some Marketing Activities is Using Big Data
Adriana da Glória Prado, Joice Chiareto, Fábio Lotti Oliva, Celso Cláudio de Hildebrand e Grisi
(pages: 72-76)

Evidence-Based Education: Case Study of Educational Data Acquisition and Reuse
Katashi Nagao, Naoya Morita, Shigeki Ohira
(pages: 77-84)





The Internet as Social System: Applying Margaret Archer's Theory of Morphogenesis to Hypermedia Communication

Dee Pratt

While there is a growing recognition amongst information and communication technology (ICT) researchers that computer systems are designed for and situated in social practices, the Internet tends to be viewed as an artefact, with the focus being on its technical and material aspects. This paper explores the notion whether the Internet is not only, as an artefact, an element in the nexus of relationships comprising the social structure in which we operate, but in itself a social system informing a social structure. This is because the Internet has all of the qualities which Margaret Archer’s theory of morphogenesis, building on Roy Bhaskar’s critical realist philosophy, attributes to social structures. However, this paper comes to the conclusion that the Internet, being a techno-system with social attributes, is not in fact a social system, but should rather be viewed as the mechanism which sets in place the communicative sub-structure provided by the World Wide Web. The “web” is a true social structure, that of communication, being both the context for and product of human interaction, offering us positions and practices which are analogous to our roles in real-world functioning, but which are deepened, extended and transformed by use of ICT.

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