Philosophical Perspectives on Computer-Mediated Communication

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The rush to the Information Superhighway and the transition to an Information Age have enormous political, ethical, and religious consequences. The essays collected here develop both interdisciplinary and international perspectives on privacy, critical thinking and literacy, democratization, gender, religion, and the very nature of the revolution promised in cyberspace. These essays are essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand and reflect upon these events and issues.
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Develops 11 interdisciplinary and international perspectives on such issues of the Information Age as privacy, critical thinking, literacy, democratization, gender, religion, and the nature of the revolution promised by the purveyors of cyberspace. Among the specific topics are privacy as respect, intellectual property futures, pornography, the unknown god of the Internet, and sacred text in the sea of texts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791428726
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1996
  • Series: SUNY Series in Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Thoughts along the I-Way: Philosophy and the Emergence of CMC

Charles Ess

I. Epistemology and Semiotics

1. Discourse across Links

David Kolb

2. Mediated Phosphor Dots: Toward a Post-Cartesian Model of CMC via the Semiotic Superhighway

Gary Shank and Donald Cunningham

II. Ethics, Gender, and Politics

3. Privacy, Respect for Persons, and Risk

Dag Elgesem

4. Pseudonyms, MailBots, and Virtual Letterheads: The Evolution of Computer-Mediated Ethics

Peter Danielson

5. Intellectual Property Futures: The Paper Club and the Digital Commons

John Lawrence

6. Posting in a Different Voice: Gender and Ethics in CMC

Susan Herring

7. "This Is Not Our Fathers' Pornography": Sex, Lies, and Computers

Carol J. Adams

8. Power Online: A Poststructuralist Perspective on CMC

Sunh-Hee Yoon

9. The Political Computer: Democracy, CMC, and Habermas

Charles Ess

III. Impacts and Implications for Religious Authority, Communities, and Beliefs

10. The Unknown God of the Internet: Religious Communication from the Ancient Agora to the Virtual Forum

Stephen D. O'Leary and Brenda E. Brasher

11. Sacred Text in the Sea of Texts: The Bible in North American Electronic Culture

Phil Mullins



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