Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyberculture [NOOK Book]

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Flame Wars, the verbal firefights that take place between disembodied combatants on electronic bulletin boards, remind us that our interaction with the world is increasingly mediated by computers. Bit by digital bit we are being "Borged," as devotees of Star Trek: The Next Generation would have it—transformed into cyborgian hybrids of technology and biology through our ever more frequent interaction with machines, or with one another through technological interfaces. The subcultural practices of the "incurably ...
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Overview

Flame Wars, the verbal firefights that take place between disembodied combatants on electronic bulletin boards, remind us that our interaction with the world is increasingly mediated by computers. Bit by digital bit we are being "Borged," as devotees of Star Trek: The Next Generation would have it—transformed into cyborgian hybrids of technology and biology through our ever more frequent interaction with machines, or with one another through technological interfaces. The subcultural practices of the "incurably informed," to borrow the cyberpunk novelist Pat Cadigan’s coinage, offer a precognitive glimpse of mainstream culture in the near future, when many of us will be part-time residents in virtual communities. Yet, as the essays in this expanded edition of a special issue of the South Atlantic Quarterly confirm, there is more to fringe computer culture than cyberspace. Within these pages, readers will encounter flame warriors; new age mutant ninja hackers; technopagans for whom the computer is an occult engine; and William Gibson’s "Agrippa," a short story on software that can only be read once because it gobbles itself up as soon as the last page is reached. Here, too, is Lady El, an African American cleaning woman reincarnated as an all-powerful cyborg; devotees of on-line swinging, or "compu-sex"; the teleoperated weaponry and amok robots of the mechanical performance art group, Survival Research Laboratories; an interview with Samuel Delany, and more.
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Essays on electronic communication, cyberpunk culture, and rants and flames in cyberspace consider subjects such as the magazine Mondo 2000, the typewriter, virtual reality, feminism, comics, and erotica for cybernauts. Includes blurry b&w photos and illustrations, and an interviews with science fictions writers Samuel R. Delaney, Greg Tate, and Tricia Rose. Paper edition unseen, $13.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822396765
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 355
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Dery is a cultural critic whose writings on technology and fringe culture have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wired, and Mondo 2000.

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Table of Contents








Flame Wars i
MARK DERY

New Age Mutant Ninja Hackers: Reading
Mondo 2000 ii
VIVIAN SOBCHACK

Techgnosis, Magic, Memory, and the Angels
of Information 29
ERIK DAVIS

Agrippa, or, The Apocalyptic Book 61
PETER SCHWENGER

Gibson's Typewriter 71
SCOTT BUKATMAN

Virtual Surreality: Our New Romance with
Plot Devices 91
MARC LAIDLAW

Chapter 14, Synners 113
PAT CADIGAN

Feminism for the Incurably Informed 125
ANNE BALSAMO




Sex, Memories, and Angry Women 157
CLAUDIA SPRINGER

Black to the Future: Interviews
with Samuel R. Delany, Greg Tate,
and Tricia Rose 179
MARK DERY

Compu-Sex: Erotica for Cybernauts 223
GARETH BRANWYN

A Rape in Cyberspace; or, How an Evil
Clown, a Haitian Trickster Spirit, Two
Wizards, and a Cast of Dozens Turned
a Database into a Society 237
JULIAN DIBBELL

Virtual Environments and
the Emergence of Synthetic Reason 263
MANUEL DE LANDA

Survival Research Laboratories Performs
in Austria 287
MARK PAULINE

Taming the Computer 297
GARY CHAPMAN

Glossary 321
EMILY WHITE

Index 327

Notes on Contributors 347






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