Cyberfutures: Culture and Politics on the Information Superhighway

Cyberfutures: Culture and Politics on the Information Superhighway

by Ziauddin Sardar
     
 

The World Wide Web exploded into public consciousness in 1995, a year which saw the coming of age of the Internet. People are communicating, working, shopping, learning, and entertaining themselves, as well as satisfying carnal desires and even finding God through the simple act of connecting their computers to the wide universe of cyberspace.

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Overview

The World Wide Web exploded into public consciousness in 1995, a year which saw the coming of age of the Internet. People are communicating, working, shopping, learning, and entertaining themselves, as well as satisfying carnal desires and even finding God through the simple act of connecting their computers to the wide universe of cyberspace.

We are assured, at the same time, that this progress will have profound effects on work, culture, leisure—everything, including the ways in which we interact with each other. Yet just what these effects will be, how power will be distributed, and what recourse will be available to those adversely affected by the new technologies, are issues that have yet to be negotiated. Aside from the occasional panic over cyber-porn, few have considered the wide-ranging effects of our increasing reliance on interactive technologies.

Cyberfutures offers a close examination of issues that will become increasingly important as computers, networks, and technologies occupy crucial roles in our everyday lives. Comprised of essays from a range of occupational and disciplinary perspectives, including those of Vivian Sobchack and Arturo Escobar, this volume makes essential reading for students in cultural and media studies, anthropology, as well as for citizens interested in considering the larger implications of the Information Superhighway.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814780589
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.33(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms
Introduction: Reaping the Technological Whirlwind1
1alt.civilizations.faq: Cyberspace as the Darker Side of the West14
2The Microcybernetic Revolution and the Dialectics of Ignorance42
3Microcybernetics as the Meta-Technology of Pure Control61
4Democratic Franchise and the Electronic Frontier77
5Earthing the Ether: The Alternating Currents of Ecology and Cyberculture90
6Welcome to Cyberia: Notes on the Anthropology of Cyberculture111
7Is There a New Political Paradigm Lurking in Cyberspace?138
Notes on Contributors154
Index155

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