In Hacking Cyberspace David J. Gunkel examines the metaphors applied to new technologies, and how those metaphors inform, shape, and drive the implementation of the technology in question. The author explores the metaphorical tropes that have been employed to describe and evaluate recent advances in computer technology, telecommunications systems, and interactive media. Taking the stance that no speech is value-neutral, Gunkel examines such metaphors as "the information superhighway" and "the electronic frontier" for their political and social content, and he develops a critical investigation that not only traces the metaphors' conceptual history, but explicates their implications and consequences for technological development. Through Hacking Cyberspace, David J. Gunkel develops a sophisticated understanding of new technology that takes into account the effect of technoculture's own discursive techniques and maneuvers on the actual form of technological development.
Gunkel (communication technology, Northern Illinois U.) examines the metaphorical tropes employed to describe and evaluate recent advances in computer technology, telecommunications systems, and interactive media, investigating their political and social content and their consequences for technological development. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
David J. Gunkel is a multidisciplinary scholar, educator, and award-winning new media producer and multimedia designer. He specializes in the study of computer mediated communication, interactive media, and cyberspace. He is assistant professor of communication technology at Northern Illinois University.
1. Terra Nova: The New Worlds of Cyberspace
2. Ars Metaphorica: The Computer as a Device of Communication
3. Veritatum Imitari: Virtual Reality and the Deconstruction of the Image
4. Lingua Ex Machina: Computer-Mediated Communication and the Tower of Babel
5. Corpus Amittere: Cyberspace and the Body
6. Ecce Cyborg: The Subject of Communication
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