Cyberculture: The Key Concepts
Taylor & Francis, Feb 13, 2004 - Social Science - 232 pages
The only A-Z guide available on this subject, this book provides a wide-ranging and up-to-date overview of the fast-changing and increasingly important world of cyberculture. Its clear and accessible entries cover aspects ranging from the technical to the theoretical, and from movies to the everyday, including:
Fully cross-referenced and with suggestions for further reading, this comprehensive guide is an essential resource for anyone interested in this fascinating area.
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Cyberculture: the key conceptsUser Review - Book Verdict
An anomaly, this book may be construed as either a hodgepodge of cybernetic thoughts and connotations, loosely strung together by whatever media influenced the contributors over a lifetime, or a remarkably interesting compilation of key concepts that continue to shape the development of what we call cyberculture. Bell (cultural studies, Staffordshire Univ., U.K.) and his coeditors present more than 250 entries reflecting the main concepts associated with evolving technology, such as the Internet, digital TV, robots, relevant movies, and other emerging information and communication systems. Entries range from short factoids to expanded treatments of the histories and controversies surrounding specific concepts, but not everyone's techie tidbits are here (e.g., this reviewer was baffled by the absence of the film Tron). On the plus side, entries are fully cross-referenced and provide suggestions for further reading; the extensive bibliography is a welcome addition. While there are plenty of glossaries and reference guides on cyberspace and the Internet, this appears to be the only book available devoted to elements of cyberculture. Recommended for larger libraries.-Joe Accardi, Harper Coll. Lib., Palatine, IL ...