By David Bell
An creation to Cybercultures presents an available consultant to the main varieties, 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 major elements of cyberculture, together with electronic mail, the web, electronic imaging applied sciences, desktop video games and electronic lighting tricks. each one bankruptcy comprises "hot hyperlinks" to key articles in its better half quantity, The Cybercultures Reader, feedback for additional examining, and info of appropriate websites.
Individual chapters examine:
• Cybercultures: an introduction
• Storying cyberspace
• Cultural experiences in our on-line world
• neighborhood and cyberculture
• Identities in cyberculture
• our bodies in cyberculture
• studying cybercultures
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Labyrinth, in which no one can get the bird’s eye view of the plan, but everyone effectively has to operate at street level in a world which is rapidly being re-structured and re-configured. (Burrows 1997a: 242) This aesthetic is neatly captured in the following passage from Mona Lisa Overdrive: All the data in the world stacked up like one big neon city, so you can cruise around and have a kind of grip on it, visually anyway, because if you didn’t, it was too complicated, trying to find your way to a particular piece of data you needed.
Before I had access to email in my office at work, my first daily ritual would be to check my post tray – this has been shifted down the hierarchy, and its contents thinned out, replaced by emails. Email has certainly reconfigured the way we talk to each other at work. In some cases, it’s diminished social contact – it’s quicker to send an email than go to someone’s office for a chat (they might not be in, for one thing). But it’s also enlarged the sphere of ‘public’ conversation within our workplace – I am recipient of far more emails than I was a participant in ‘RL’ discussions at work.
Douglas Coupland’s 1995 novel Microserfs also features (and plays with) the ‘email culture’ at Microsoft, showing its distinctive norms and features. Moreover, Lee correctly identifies email as a performative communication at many different levels. The sender’s address, for one, carries with it social meaning (hence some people have different accounts, hosted by different systems, to use for different mailing activities). The ‘subject’ header that appears in your in-box provides space to grab the attention of potential readers, like a headline in a newspaper – and correspondingly, the chance for the receiver to make a choice about when (or whether) to open a particular message.
An introduction to cybercultures by David Bell