If we are to talk about the material moment of access to the internet,

(your finger touches the keyboard,
your mouse touches the link,
your eye is touched by the light)

we cannot ignore the essential mediator, the hardware without which this moment between you and this text would be impossible: the computer. It is the essential material instantiation not only that allows us access to the internet, but without which it would not be possible. In the words of Donna Haraway, the computer is metonymic for technoscience, an inescapable materialisation of the world. (Haraway 1997, 186) The computer is essential for transforming the internet into an image on a screen, into a physical object in the world. The material aspect of the computer is so often obscured from view, in favour of its role as a node in the hypertextual network of the world wide web. For Pierre Lévy, The computer is already integrated, one could say dissolved, in the fabric of cyberspace. (Lévy 1998, 59-60) But this dissolution is a falsehood after all, because even as the computer loses its shape, Lévy still cannot help but reference something that it is possible to visualise, to touch: fabric. So the dissolving of the computer does not symbolise its immateriality but rather its disappearance from our field of vision.