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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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|Introduction: Reaping the Technological Whirlwind||1|
|1||alt.civilizations.faq: Cyberspace as the Darker Side of the West||14|
|2||The Microcybernetic Revolution and the Dialectics of Ignorance||42|
|3||Microcybernetics as the Meta-Technology of Pure Control||61|
|4||Democratic Franchise and the Electronic Frontier||77|
|5||Earthing the Ether: The Alternating Currents of Ecology and Cyberculture||90|
|6||Welcome to Cyberia: Notes on the Anthropology of Cyberculture||111|
|7||Is There a New Political Paradigm Lurking in Cyberspace?||138|
|Notes on Contributors||154|