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In the dawn of the 21st Century, living on the cutting edge of technology is the key to awareness and survival for the next millennium. The impact of technology -- on individuals, society, economy, and on such legal issues as freedom of expression and copyright, on politics and the reporting of political issues, on sexual politics, and of course, on education -- is immense and ever-changing. Vitanza explores some of todayÕs hottest topics and the increasingly important role that new technologies play in society. The bookÕs introduction places the development of cyberspace in a historical context rooted in the 1960s. Readings in the ten thematically organized chapters range from scholarly to popular sources, debating everything from network security and on-line pornography, to virtual libraries and cyberpunks. Titles include: "Introduction to the Virtual Community," "Crimes of the Net," "Identity Tourism and Racial Passing on the Internet," and "Rape in Cyberspace." All people interested in issues of technology and its effect on culture.

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A teaching anthology on the growth of "virtual culture," or the ways in which the popularity of the internet changes the way we think and live. Specific topics covered in 43 articles include cyberspace and virtual reality, virtual communities, censorship on the internet, hackers and computer security, the sexual politics of online culture, print-based versus virtual culture, intellectual property rights, and the "cyberpunk" aesthetic. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205290864
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 7/24/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 509
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

* Denotes selections new to this edition.

Preface to the Second Edition.

Preface to the Students and Teachers/Facilitators.


Introductions to Cyberreader: “Surf's (Still) Up?”

1.Cyberspace and Virtual Reality.

Cyberspace, Benjamin Woolley.

The Essence of VR, Michael Heim.

Seeing Is Beholding, Douglas Rushkoff.

* Stalking the UFO Meme, Richard Thieme.

2.Virtual Communities (Societies and Identities).

* “Introduction” to Virtual Community, Howard Rheingold.

* Identity Crisis, Sherry Turkle.

* The Road to Unreality, Mark Slouka.

3.Freedom/Censorship (Security, Hackers/Crackers, and the Communications Decency Act[s]).

Crimes of the 'Net', Michael Meyer and Anne Underwood.

No More 'Anything Goes': Cyberspace Gets Censors, Peter H. Lewis.

* Vigilantes Patrol Cyberspace, Matthew Ebnet.

Hacker's Manifesto, or The Conscience of a Hacker, The Mentor.

Is Computer Hacking a Crime? Harper's Forum.

Keep Internet Safe for Families, Senator J. James Exon.

Crime and Puzzlement, John Perry Barlow.

4.Sexual Politics.

Men, Women, and Computers, Barbara Kantrowitz.

Gender Gap in Cyberspace, Deborah Tannen.

* Cyber-Gender Stereotypes Just Don't Compute, David Nicholson.

Bringing Familiar Baggage to the New Frontier: Gender Differences in Computer-Meditated Communication, Susan Herring.

Teledildonics, Howard Rheingold.

* Would You View This with Your Mother? Dr. Emilio Bombay.

* The Night Thoreau Had Cybersex or, Once You're On How Do You Get Off? Dinty W. Moore.

5.Virtual Books and Libraries (Hypertext, Multimedia, Copyright versus Copyleft).

She Wants Her TV! He Wants His Book, Neil Postman.

* The End of Serendipity, Ted Gup.

* Computers Should Supplement Books, Not Replace Them, Gerry Barker.

Into the Electronic Millennium, Sven Birkerts.

The Computer as a New Writing Space, Jay David Bolter.

The Disappearing $2,000 Book, Gerald Jonas.

The Future of Libraries, Raymond Kurzweil.

Summary of the Xanadu Hypertext System, Theodor Holm Nelson.

The Library of Babel, Jorge Luis Borges.

The Economy of Ideas: A Framework for Rethinking Patents and Copyrights in the Digital Age, John Perry Barlow.

Utopian Plagiarism, Hypertextuality, and Electronic Cultural Production, Critical Art Ensemble.


Cyberpunk, Philip Elmer-Dewitt.

The Cyberpunk: The Individual as Reality Pilot, Timothy Leary.

(chart, “Evolution of Countercultures,”) Timothy Leary.

* Snake-Eyes, Tom Maddox.

The Net and the Web, Hakim Bey.


MUDroom, Jacques Leslie.

Gender Swapping on the Internet, Amy S. Bruckman.

* In Novel Conditions: The Cross-Dressing Psychiatrist, Allucquère Rosanne Stone.

* Race In/For Cyberspace: Identity Tourism and Racial Passing on the Internet, Lisa Nakamura.

A Rape in Cyberspace, Julian Dibbell.


Appendix A: CyberSearch.

Appendix B: CyberGlossary.

Appendix C: Bibliography of Cyberspace.

Index of Authors and Articles.

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