The Internet is Not a Hammer

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This morning, prepping for my graduate class, I was reminded of this quote by Mark Poster:

“[T]he internet is more like a social space than a thing; its effects are more like those of Germany than those of hammers. The effect of Germany upon the people within it is to make them Germans (at least for the most part); the effect of hammers is not to make people hammers . . . but to force metal spikes into wood. As long as we understand the internet as a hammer we will fail to discern the way it is like Germany.” -Mark Poster, “CyberDemocracy,” 1995