Cyberculture

Cyberculture

by Pierre Levy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816636109

ISBN-13: 9780816636105

Pub. Date: 10/03/2001

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Needing guidance and seeking insight, the Council of Europe approached Pierre L�vy, one of the world's most important and well-respected theorists of digital culture, for a report on the state (and, frankly, the nature) of cyberspace. The result is this extraordinary document, a perfectly lucid and accessible description of cyberspace-from infrastructure to practical…  See more details below

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Needing guidance and seeking insight, the Council of Europe approached Pierre L�vy, one of the world's most important and well-respected theorists of digital culture, for a report on the state (and, frankly, the nature) of cyberspace. The result is this extraordinary document, a perfectly lucid and accessible description of cyberspace-from infrastructure to practical applications-along with an inspired, far-reaching exploration of its ramifications. A window on the digital world for the technologically timid, the book also offers a brilliant vision of the philosophical and social realities and possibilities of cyberspace for the adept and novice alike. In an overview, L�vy discusses the distinguishing features of cyberspace and cyberculture from anthropological, philosophical, cultural, and sociological points of view. An optimist about the future potential of cyberspace, he eloquently argues that technology-and specifically the infrastructure of cyberspace, the Internet-can have a transformative effect on global society. Some of the issues he takes up are new art forms; changes in relationships to knowledge, education, and training; the preservation of linguistic and cultural differences; the emergence and implications of collective intelligence; the problems of social exclusion; and the impact of new technology on the city and democracy in general. In considerable detail, L�vy describes the ways in which cyberspace will help promote the growth of democracy, primarily through the participation of individuals or groups. His analysis is enlivened by his own personal impressions of cyberculture-garnered from bulletin boards, mailing lists, virtual reality demonstrations, andsimulations. Immediate in its details, visionary in its scope, deeply informed yet free of unnecessary technical language, Cyberculture is the book we require in our digital age.

About the Authours:
Pierre L�vy is professor of cyberculture and social communication at the University of Quebec and consultant to the Forward Studies Unit of the European Union on issues of governance and electronic democracy. His many books include Becoming Virtual (1998) and Collective Intelligence (1999). Robert Bononno, a teacher and translator, lives in New York City.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816636105
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
10/03/2001
Series:
Electronic Mediations Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Deluges
Pt. IDefinitions
1The Impact of Technology3
2The Technical Infrastructure of the Virtual13
3Digital Technology and the Virtualization of Information27
4Interactivity59
5Cyberspace, or The Virtualization of Communication67
Pt. IITheoretical Issues
6The Universal without Totality: The Essence of Cyberculture91
7The Social Movement of Cyberculture103
8The Sound of Cyberculture115
9The Art of Cyberculture125
10The New Relationship to Knowledge137
11Education and the Economy of Knowledge149
12The Knowledge Tree157
13Cyberspace, the City, and Electronic Democracy165
Pt. IIIProblems
14Conflict181
15Critique of Substitution193
16Critique of Domination203
17Critique of Criticism211
18Answers to Common Questions219
Conclusion: Cyberculture, or The Simultaneous Tradition233
Notes237
Index245

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