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The internet has recently grown from a fringe cultural phenomenon to a significant site of cultural production and transformation. Internet Culture maps this new domain of language, politics and identity, locating it within the histories of communication and the public sphere. Internet Culture offers a critical interrogation of the sustaining myths of the virtual world and of the implications of the current mass migration onto the electronic frontier. Among the topics discussed in Internet Culture are the virtual...
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Internet Culture

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Overview

The internet has recently grown from a fringe cultural phenomenon to a significant site of cultural production and transformation. Internet Culture maps this new domain of language, politics and identity, locating it within the histories of communication and the public sphere. Internet Culture offers a critical interrogation of the sustaining myths of the virtual world and of the implications of the current mass migration onto the electronic frontier. Among the topics discussed in Internet Culture are the virtual spaces and places created by the citizens of the Net and their claims to the hotly contested notion of "virtual community"; the virtual bodies that occupy such spaces; and the desires that animate these bodies. The contributors also examine the communication medium behind theworlds of the Net, analyzing the rhetorical conventions governing online discussion, literary antecedents,and potential pedagogical applications.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135209032
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/13/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

David Porter teaches in the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. He is the editor of Between Men and Feminism,also published by Routledge.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 An Archaeology of Cyberspaces: Virtuality, Community, Identity 5
2 Community and Identity in the Electronic Village 23
3 Usenet Communities and the Cultural Politics of Information 39
4 Cyberspace and Place: The Internet as Middle Landscape on the Electronic Frontier 55
5 Flesh Made Word: Sex, Text and the Virtual Body 73
6 Virtually Embodied: The Reality of Fantasy in a Multi-User Dungeon 87
7 The Postmodern Paradiso: Dante, Cyberpunk, and the Technosophy of Cyberspace 111
8 Spam: Heteroglossia and Harassment in Cyberspace 133
9 I Flamed Freud: A Case Study in Teletextual Incendiarism 145
10 IMHO: Authority and Egalitarian Rhetoric in the Virtual Coffeehouse 161
11 Essayistic Messages: Internet Newsgroups as an Electronic Public Sphere 181
12 Cyberdemocracy: Internet and the Public Sphere 201
13 Progressive Politics, Electronic Individualism and the Myth of Virtual Community 219
14 Reading, Writing, Hypertext: Democratic Politics in the Virtual Classroom 233
15 Cyberspace and the Globalization of Culture 253
Contributors 277
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