By David Bell
An advent to Cybercultures offers an obtainable consultant to the most important 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 major facets 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 better half quantity, The Cybercultures Reader, feedback for additional studying, and info of appropriate websites.
Individual chapters examine:
• Cybercultures: an introduction
• Storying cyberspace
• Cultural experiences in our on-line world
• group and cyberculture
• Identities in cyberculture
• our bodies in cyberculture
• discovering cybercultures
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But from ‘below’ reveals itself as a . . 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.
Summary This chapter has focused on two different ways of thinking and talking about cyberspace. I began by recounting the histories of the Internet and World Wide Web, in order to produce a materialist account that emphasizes the material culture of cyberspace – the development of hardware and software that makes cyberspace possible. 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.
Learning to use it was a painful and protracted process, without today’s army of online support. Trial and error, make-do and my own scribbled ‘user’s manual’ were the only tools I had for the job (plus a partner with an electronics background who often had to bail me out). That purchase re-introduced me to the accelerating world of computers, with its limited memory, incompatible software and obsolete disk-drive soon rendering it virtually useless – in the end, after it had been unused for some time, I gave the computer to a friend, who thought she might be able to upgrade it.
An introduction to cybercultures by David Bell