Cyberia: Life in the Trenches of Cyberspace

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Cyberia is an eye-opening and up-to-the-minute portrait of America in the age of digital highways, all-night raves, cyberliterature, and psychedelic renaissance - by a young journalist with a fresh voice and a remarkable skill for mapping the terrain of the new world in which we have all, somehow, found ourselves. For over two years, Douglas Rushkoff lived among the players who are creating Cyberia and delivering it to the rest of us. Cyberia is his vivid report. Written in a language accessible to those who've ...
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Overview

Cyberia is an eye-opening and up-to-the-minute portrait of America in the age of digital highways, all-night raves, cyberliterature, and psychedelic renaissance - by a young journalist with a fresh voice and a remarkable skill for mapping the terrain of the new world in which we have all, somehow, found ourselves. For over two years, Douglas Rushkoff lived among the players who are creating Cyberia and delivering it to the rest of us. Cyberia is his vivid report. Written in a language accessible to those who've never tested psychedelics or communicated over a computer modem, it is a journey into the thoughts and lives of people on the frontier of a great social experiment, people living - or surfing - on the very edge of culture. Cyberia's journey begins in Silicon-Valley, home of the computer - the humming heart of the electrically charged culture - and takes off with vivid profiles of a host of Cyberians at the "new edge" of computers, consciousness, and chaos theory. Rushkoff meets rave organizers, neopagans, virtual reality entrepreneurs, smart drug enthusiasts, underground computer hackers, psychedelic experimenters, and other pioneers who are foraging, both legally and illegally, into this dramatic new terrain. From mathematicians to self-taught punks, these are the minds behind innovations and ideas we now take for granted and those we can as yet barely imagine. Molding science and art, technology and pop culture, they are not just glimpsing the future, they are designing it. Rushkoff introduces us to Cyberia's luminaries, who speak with dazzling lucidity about the rapid-fire change we're all experiencing. Listen in on conversations with dozens of Cyberians, including: Terence McKenna, dubbed the "Copernicus of consciousness" by the Village Voice, whose writings have spearheaded the psychedelic renaissance; Ralph Abraham, "Cyberia's Village Mathematician," a bearded technosage whose mathematical equations explain the shifting, hyperdimensional Cyberian t
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062510099
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Pages: 256

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Surfing the Learning Curve of Sisyphus
I Computers: Revenge of the Nerds
1 Navigating the Datastream 3
2 Operating from Total Oblivion 12
3 The Global Electronic Village 22
4 Interfacing with the Technosphere 29
II Drugs: The Substances of Designer Reality
5 Seeing is Beholding 43
6 Making Connections 56
7 The Blast Furnace of Disillusion 67
8 1234567: All Smart People go to Heaven 77
III Technoshamanism: The Transition Team
9 Slipping Out of History 91
10 Making the Golden Rule Trendy 99
11 Neopagan Technology 114
12 Gardeners Ov Thee Abyss 120
IV Cut and Paste: Artists in Cyberia
13 The Evolution of a Cyborg 131
14 Hypertextual Forays 142
15 Playing Roles 158
V Warfare in Cyberia: Ways and Memes
16 Cracking the Ice 169
17 The New Colonialism 178
18 May the Best Meme Win 188
End Notes 199
Selected Bibliography 201
Bulletins from the Trenches 203
Index 235
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2001

    If you want to know?

    What can I say. This book really opened my eyes to the counterculture I live in, but never understood. It explains the next evolutionary steps society is taking, and the poeple who are leading the way (wether they know it or not). Artists, programmers, writers, musicians, mathmaticians, chemists, and everyone involved in these movements should read this. Look at the things being accomplished!!!!!

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