Title

Early computer networks in Japan, 1984-1994

RIS ID

115682

Publication Details

McLelland, M. (2017). Early computer networks in Japan, 1984-1994. In G. Goggin & M. J. McLelland (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Global Internet Histories (pp. 171-181). New York, United States: Routledge.

Abstract

Teaching Internet histories to a cohort of today's students, the large majority of whom constitute "digital natives"-that is, young people who have grown up with a close familiarity with computer-meditated communication (CMC), can prove challenging. To students who complain about broken links on course outlines, or corrupted files among the e-readings, I sometimes recount the trials of my own undergraduate career, where a bicycle was a necessary prerequisite for the successful completion of any assignment. This was because I studied at a university where the central campus library was some way out of town, and if a copy of the required book or article was unavailable there, the only option was to cycle round the different college and faculty libraries scattered around, in the hope that a copy could be tracked down elsewhere. Of course, it was impossible to find out in advance whether the library held the relevant text or not-or even if a copy was available-without searching through a card catalogue and then checking the shelves. It could take an entire morning to track down a reading. All this cycling about kept me fit, but also led to some pretty close deadlines. However, when I recount this, my students just look at me blankly, rather as I might regard a medieval monk who would no doubt complain that in his day if you wanted a copy of a book you had to write it out by hand.

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315748962.ch11