, the electronic journal of the Berglund Center for Internet Studies, PacificUniversity Oregon, is written and produced for the broad audience of those interested inthe impact of the Internet in all its manifold forms. These include not only such obviousones as the rapid shift into electronic banking and commerce, but also even very subtleones as the impact of the Internet on popular film and fiction, and even on poetry, andupon the English language itself.At
, we study all of these phenomena, and the flexibility of an electronic journal,which can be useful to all audiences, unlike the rigidly determined form of traditional journals, has let us range widely. At the Berglund Center we not only publish the resultsof our authors’ research and thought, but also have the great pleasure of encouragingsuch productivity through grants and scholarships as well as our payments for articles.This volume represents the content of our electronic journal,
, for 2008-09.Future publications now in process will include original work from Chinese and Britishscholars, as well as members of the Pacific University faculty. For more information onthis project, please see our web pages.This is the first of several planned hard-copy publications to be produced by the Center.While our work emphasizes the impact of the Internet, we are also aware of theimportance of hard copy publications for such purposes as archival durability, assessmentand tenure processes, and simply because as much as we love the Internet, most of usstill love a good book. We hope that you will find this such a book.