An Introduction to Cybercultures
A companion volume to The Cybercultures Reader, this text introduces students to all the major themes and concepts in this rapidly-growing field. From the evolution of hardware and software to the emergence of cyberpunk film and fiction, David Bell guides readers through the key issues, exploring cyberculture in all its contemporary forms including email, the Internet, digital imaging technologies (including virtual reality), computer games and digital special effects. Each chapter contains a summary of the main points and features links to key articles in The Cybercultures Reader, suggestions for further reading, and details of relevant websites. The final chapter summarizes the main arguments and considers the future of cyberspace. Chapters examine the cultural impact of cyberspace, the idea of digital community, identity in cyberspace and the emergence of new forms of subjectivity, the body in cyberspace, cybersubcultures, and approaches to researching cyberspace.
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