Technospaces: Inside the New Media

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Science and technology have had a profound effect on the way humans perceive space and time. In this book, an international team of authors explore themes of depth and surface, of real and conceptual space and of human/machine interaction. The collection is organized around the concept of Technospace—the temporal realm where technology meets human practice. In exploring this intersection the contributors initiate debate on a number of important conceptual questions: Is there a clear distinction between the real spaces of the body or the city, and the conceptual space of virtual reality? How are real and metaphorical spaces of electronic cultures quantified and regulated? Is there an ethics of technospace? Historically, the reception of new technologies has been invested with romantic idealism on the one hand and panic on the other. The authors argue that in order for utopian dreams to be tempered by ethical, humanistic needs, we have an urgent need to reveal, reflect upon and evaluate technospace and our relationship to it.

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Meet the Author

Sally R. Munt is a reader in Media Representation and Analysis at the University of Brighton. She has published in the area of cultural studies, feminist theory, and lesbian and gay studies.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Series foreword
Technospaces: inside the new media 1
Pt. I Spatial Modelling: critical paradigms in new media technologies 19
1 Depth technologies 21
2 Cinema and computers: spatial practices within emergent visual technologies 38
3 The space of information: digital media as simulation of the analogical mind 57
4 Cyborgs and cyberspace: personal identity and moral agency 71
5 Keeping an eye on them: control and the visual 85
6 The fortress and the polis: from the postmodern city to cyberspace and back 99
7 Studying feminist e-spaces: introducing transnational/post-colonial concerns 113
Pt. II Smart Spaces: strategies and tactics in new media technologies 127
8 Smart spaces @ The Final Frontier 129
9 Virtually out there: strategies, tactics and affective spaces in on-line fandom 147
10 Fresh Kill: information technologies as sites of resistance 161
11 Revolting bodies: the resignification of fat in cyberspace 175
12 The projection of geographical communities into cyberspace 189
13 In the company of strangers: mobile phones and the conception of space 205
14 Playing with Lara in virtual space 224
15 Personal stereos and the aural reconfiguration of representational space 239
Index 255
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