The Cultural Imaginary of the Internet: Virtual Utopias and Dystopias

The Cultural Imaginary of the Internet: Virtual Utopias and Dystopias

by M. Yar

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Contemporary culture offer contradictory views of the internet and new media technologies, painting them in extremes of optimistic enthusiasm and pessimistic concern. This book explores such representations, uncovering the roots of our cultural responses to the internet, centred upon a profoundly ambivalent reaction to technological modernity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349493562
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 01/01/2014
Edition description: 1st ed. 2014
Pages: 114
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Majid Yar is Professor of Sociology at the University of Hull, UK. He has researched and published widely in the areas of crime & deviance studies, media & popular culture, and social & criminological theory.

Table of Contents

1. Unravelling Utopias and Dystopias 2. The Techno-Scientific Utopias of Modernity: From Real to Virtual 3. Virtual Utopias and the Imaginary of the Internet 4. The Dystopian Worlds of Techno-Science 5. Virtual Dystopias and the Imaginary of the Internet 6. Beyond Virtual Utopias and Dystopias?

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