Cyberculture

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U of Minnesota Press, 2001 - Technology & Engineering - 259 pages
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Needing guidance and seeking insight, the Council of Europe approached Pierre LÚvy, one of the world's most important and well-respected theorists of digital culture, for a report on the state (and, frankly, the nature) of cyberspace. The result is this extraordinary document, a perfectly lucid and accessible description of cyberspace-from infrastructure to practical applications-along with an inspired, far-reaching exploration of its ramifications. A window on the digital world for the technologically timid, the book also offers a brilliant vision of the philosophical and social realities and possibilities of cyberspace for the adept and novice alike. In an overview, LÚvy discusses the distinguishing features of cyberspace and cyberculture from anthropological, philosophical, cultural, and sociological points of view. An optimist about the future potential of cyberspace, he eloquently argues that technology-and specifically the infrastructure of cyberspace, the Internet-can have a transformative effect on global society. Some of the issues he takes up are new art forms; changes in relationships to knowledge, education, and training; the preservation of linguistic and cultural differences; the emergence and implications of collective intelligence; the problems of social exclusion; and the impact of new technology on the city and democracy in general. In considerable detail, LÚvy describes the ways in which cyberspace will help promote the growth of democracy, primarily through the participation of individuals or groups. His analysis is enlivened by his own personal impressions of cyberculture-garnered from bulletin boards, mailing lists, virtual reality demonstrations, andsimulations. Immediate in its details, visionary in its scope, deeply informed yet free of unnecessary technical language, Cyberculture is the book we require in our digital age. --Publisher.
 

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Contents

The Impact of Technology
3
The Technical Infrastructure of the Virtual
13
Digital Technology and the Visualization of Information
27
Interactivity
59
Cyberspace or The Virtualization of Communication
67
The Essence of Cyberculture
91
The Social Movement of Cyberculture
103
The Sound of Cyberculture
115
The Knowledge Tree
157
Cyberspace the City and Electronic Democracy
165
Conflict
181
Critique of Substitution
193
Critique of Domination
203
Critique of Criticism
211
Answers to Common Questions
219
Conclusion
231

The Art of Cyberculture
125
The New Relationship to Knowledge
137
Education and the Economy of Knowledge
149
Notes
237
Index
245
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About the author (2001)

Levy is a professor in the department of Hypermedia at the University of Paris-VIII, scientific advisor to the TriVium company, and member of the advisory board of the Pompidou Center's Virtual Review.

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