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INTERNET METAPHORS: What are they and why we use them???

The nature of the World Wide Web is unfamiliar to most people. In order to make sense of this foreign environment people describe the unfamiliar in terms of the familiar. Metaphors are often used for this purpose.
What is your DAILY Internet usage (average?
Essentially none
About 30 min/day
About 60 min/day
About 90 min/day
More than 2 hrs/day
What is your Internet skill level?
Novice
Intermediate
Advanced
Expert
How can you describe the Internet in terms of...?
OPEN PLACE (i.e. Having no confining boundaries; e.g. Ocean, road, highway, path, net, web etc.)
CLOSED PLACE (i.e. Having distinct borders or shape; e.g. Library, building, town-hall, marketplace,
ANIMATE OBJECT (Living animal, plant or person; e.g. Spider, worm, animal, etc.)
INANIMATE OBJECT (e.g. Tool, machine, food, container, game, device, etc.)
None of the above
Now, select any 3 of the metaphors mentioned below
ocean
road
highway
path
net
web
library
building
town-hall
marketplace
storehouse
spider(net)
worm
animal
tool
machine/mechanism
food
container
game
device
How likely would you be to think of the Internet in terms of SPACE (e.g. cyberspace, robots etc)?
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
How likely would you be to think of the Internet in terms of HIGHWAY (e.g. map, travel, road, ramps, etc)?
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
How likely would you be to think of the Internet in terms of WATER (e.g. ocean, surf, reservoir etc.)?
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
How likely would you be to think of the Internet in terms of POLITICAL PHENOMENON (e.g. town-hall, village, etc.)?
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
How likely would you be to think of the Internet in terms of COMMERCIAL PHENOMENON (e.g. marketplace, shopping mall, etc.)?
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
How likely would you be to think of the Internet in terms of ANIMALIA (e.g. spider, worm, virus etc.)?
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Indicate your Sex:
Male
Female
This poll was created on 2003-12-05 20:28:54 by Emma_