White Noise: An A-Z of the Contradictions of Cyberculture

White Noise: An A-Z of the Contradictions of Cyberculture

by A. Calcutt
     
 

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Going beyond recent attempts to pigeonhole the information revolution as either the information highway to utopia or the devil's own dystopia, this book cuts through the furor surrounding the Internet and shows how the paradoxical aspects of new media are an expression of the inherent contradictions underlying society as a whole. Andrew Calcutt is an enthusiastic

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Going beyond recent attempts to pigeonhole the information revolution as either the information highway to utopia or the devil's own dystopia, this book cuts through the furor surrounding the Internet and shows how the paradoxical aspects of new media are an expression of the inherent contradictions underlying society as a whole. Andrew Calcutt is an enthusiastic champion of the potential for new communications technology and a trenchant critic of the culture of fear and self-limitation which prevents its realization. At a time when events and social processes are often assumed to be beyond our control, he seeks to accentuate the positive capabilities of human beings and the technologies which we have created.

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“A sophisticated and readable survey of the myriad facets of cyber-culture.” —Future Survey

“This is a marvelous book for use in both graduate and undergraduate courses in media and society, new technologies, or urban anthropology.” —Communication Booknotes Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312216603
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
01/11/1999
Edition description:
1999
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Calcutt is a commentator on cyberculture for various magazines and commissioning editor for the Web-content provider Cyberia Online.

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