INTERNET AS A TOOL AND AS OBJECT OF RESEARCH
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Internet has many names. Each of them emphasizes a different aspect of its nature. When you limit your attention to only two of them, you can think about Internet as a tool of research or as an object of it. As a tool, Internet is useful for the distribution of questionnaires, and as a space for experiments and observation (participant or not). As an object of research its structure, resources or users (the Internauts) can be analyzed. The study of Internet users may focus on their demographic, psychological or social features, though one can also research varied kinds of pathologies, cyber-identity, marginalization, or internauts' behavior in the net or in cyber-societies. All above-mentioned research areas are only examples. There is really huge number of ways in which you can research the Net using the Net. In the Networked Society there is never too much of Net.
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