This innovative reader addresses the social, cultural, political, and educational implications of today's burgeoning information and communication technologies in substantial critical depth. Using three broad human themes—Constructing Identity, Building Community, and Seeking Knowledge—this brief freshman reader engages students in exciting rhetorical issues, including "Gender Online," "The Global Village," and "Information Overload and New Media." In each case, hopeful and optimistic views are balanced with incisive technology criticism, helping to make cutting-edge social issues intellectually coherent and accessible to your students.
PART ONE: CONSTRUCTING IDENTITY IN THE COMPUTER AGECHAPTER 1: NEW WINDOWS ON THE SELF Forward Thinking (cartoon—Tony Auth, "He thinks, therefore I am") Sherry Turkle, "Identity in the Age of Internet: Living in the MUD" Charles Platt, "What's It Mean to Be Human, Anyway?" Iain A. Boal, "Body, Brain, and Communication: An Interview with George Lakoff" Ellen Ullman, "Come In, CQ: The Body on the Wire" William Gibson, "Johnny Mnemonic" (fiction) CHAPTER 2: GENDER ONLINE Forward Thinking (cartoon—Mike Luckovich, "Monique") Dale Spender, "Gender-Bending" Jesse Kornbluth, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Virtual Woman" Barbara Ehrenreich, "Put Your Pants On, Demonboy" Julian Dibbell, "A Rape in Cyberspace, or How an Evil Clown, a Haitian Trickster Spirit, Two Wizards, and a Cast of Dozens Turned A Database into a Society" Laura Miller, "Women and Children First: Gender and the Settling of the Electronic Frontier" CHAPTER 3: CULTURAL IDENTITY AND CYBERSPACE (and more...)