Salvation or destruction: Metaphors of the Internet

Rebecca Johnston

Abstract


People use metaphors routinely to express their thoughts regarding the Internet’s nature and potential. In a study of editorials over a three month period, writers used metaphors of physical space, physical speed, salvation, and destruction to describe the Internet. We need to understand what these metaphors imply and how they impact the Internet’s future.

Keywords


Internet; Metaphor; Rhetorical Analysis

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v14i4.2370



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