The Internet: A Philosophical Inquiry
The Internet: A Philosophical Inquiry develops many of the themes Gordon Graham presented in his highly successful radio series, The Silicon Society. Exploring the tensions between the warnings of the Neo-Luddites and the bright optimism of the Technophiles, Graham offers the first concise and accessible exploration of the issues which arise as we enter further into the world of Cyberspace.
This original and fascinating study takes us to the heart of questions that none of us can afford to ignore: how does the Internet affect our concepts of identity, moral anarchy, censorship, community, democracy, virtual reality and imagination?
Free of jargon and full of stimulating ideas, this is essential reading for anyone wishing to think clearly and informatively about the complexities of our technological future.
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NeoLuddites versus Technophiles
Critical realism about technology
Surveying the issues
The radically new and the merely novel how transformative is the Internet?
The nature of the Internet
The radically new and the merely novel
using the Marxist model
The internationalism and populism of the Internet
Knowledge and information
Knowledge as power
Freedom and reason
Moral anarchy and the Internet
Policing the Internet
Pornography and harm
Licensing and labelling
Television as a test case
Will the Internet transform?
The Faustian bargain assessing the value of technology
Technology as the servant of desire
The constitution of the problematic
Means and ends
The useful and the valuable
Moral freedom and political neutrality
The Internet as democracy
The advantages of email and the power of the web page
The value of democracy
Power to the people?
The Internet and the deficiencies of democracy
The Internet as anarchy
The morality of pornography
Pornography and legality
Liberalism versus communitarianism
The potential for electronic communities
MUDS MOOS and GeoCities
Virtual reality the future of cyberspace
The virtual and the real thing
Virtual as a kind of reality
The poverty of cyberspace
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