The Internet is here. But have we caught up with all of the implications it holds for culture and everyday life? Bringing together a group of the most accomplished writers on the Internet and cyberspace, this volume presents a systematic description of the development of the Internet, its history in the military-industrial complex, and the role of state policies (such as those that lead to the building of information superhighways). Contributors examine the arrival of E-mail, explore online discussion groups, and consider the prospect of an online world. They also address the development of this technology as a commercialized leisure form and a forum for underground political organization and critique. Accessible and innovative, Cultures of Internet will appeal to students and scholars in sociology, cultural studies, media studies, and computer studies.
|Virtual Spaces, Real Histories and Living Bodies|
Leslie Regan Shade
Is There Free Speech on the Net?
|Censorship in the Global Information Infrastructure|
The Labyrinth of Minitel
|The Coming of Cybereality in Jamaica|
Katie Argyle and Rob Shields
Is There a Body in the Net?
A Geography of the Eye
|The Technologies of Virtual Reality|
Dan Thu Nguyen and Jon Alexander
The Coming of Cyberspacetime and the End of the Polity
Interrogate the Internet
Contradictions in Cyberspace
Life After Death
Are MUDs Communities?
|Identity, Belonging and Consciousness in Virtual Worlds|
Psychoanalysis and Cyberspace
On the Matrix