By David Bell
An creation to Cybercultures presents an obtainable advisor to the foremost types, practices and meanings of this rapidly-growing box. From the evolution of and software program to the emergence of cyberpunk movie and fiction, David Bell introduces readers to the main elements of cyberculture, together with e mail, the web, electronic imaging applied sciences, laptop video games and electronic lighting tricks. every one bankruptcy includes "hot hyperlinks" to key articles in its spouse quantity, The Cybercultures Reader, feedback for extra examining, and information of proper websites.
Individual chapters examine:
• Cybercultures: an introduction
• Storying cyberspace
• Cultural reviews in our on-line world
• group and cyberculture
• Identities in cyberculture
• our bodies in cyberculture
• gaining knowledge of cybercultures
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Extra resources for An introduction to cybercultures
It’s a stop gap, transitional meaning-grenade thrown over the language barricades to describe the resourceful, skilful individual who accesses and steers knowledge/communication technology towards his/her own private goals. For personal pleasure, profit, principle, or growth. (Leary CR: 534–5) As many critics note, sci-fi generally and cyberpunk particularly have to be read as tales about the present as much as about the future (Cavallaro 2000). Moreover, the works can only be understood by locating their authors – to get a handle on the resources they have at their disposal; resources which come to shape their imaginings.
To this account was then added a second material perspective, which I named the political economy of cyberspace. Here, we examined the demographics of Internet users, in order to establish who is in cyberspace and who is not, and then considered questions of power and ownership, as a reminder of the implication of the Internet in broader webs of economics and politics. This was followed by a discussion of what Jordan (1999) refers to as ‘the cyberspace imaginary’ – the ways in which cyberspace is depicted in fiction and film.
Not growing up in a computer culture has been a similarly interesting process, and that’s 31 AN INTRODUCTION TO CYBERCULTURES 11111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10111 1 2 3 4 15111 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 2 311 my first story for this section. This may seem like an indulgence – but I was struck when reading the stats on uses of cyberspace by the fact that I prettymuch fit the profile of the ‘typical’ Internet user, as a white male in my mid-thirties, with an above-average education and income, and a job that gives me access to computer technology.