Cyberliteracy: Navigating the Internet with Awareness

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Yale University Press, Sep 1, 2003 - Computers - 194 pages
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Publisher Fact Sheet The Internet has changed our social spaces, our political & social realities, our use of language, & the way we communicate, all with breathtaking speed. Almost everyone who deals with the Internet & the new world of cyberspace communication at times feels bewildered, dismayed, or even infuriated. In this clear & helpful book, computer communications scholar Laura J. Gurak takes a close look at the critical issues of online communication & discusses how to become literate in the new mass medium of our era. In cyberspace, Gurak shows us, literacy means much more than knowing how to read. Cyberliteracy means being able to sort fact from fiction, to detect extremism from reasonable debate, & to identify gender bias, commercialism, imitation, parody, & other aspects of written language that are problematic in online communication. Active reading skills are essential in cyberspace, where hoaxes abound, advertising masquerades as product information, privacy is often compromised, & web pages & e-mail messages distort the truth. Gurak analyzes the new language of the Internet, explaining how to prepare for its discourse & protect oneself from its hazards. This book will appeal to anyone with an interest in the impact of the Internet on the practices of reading & writing & on our culture in general.
 

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Intro
1. Cyberliteracy: Toward a new Internet Consciousness
2. Speed, Reach, Anonymity, Interactivity
3. Techno-Rage: Machines, Anger, and Censorship
4. Gender(s) and virtualities
5. Humour, Hoaxes, and Legends in Cyberspace
6. Privacy and Copyright in Digital Space
7. Shopping at the E-Mall
8. Think globally, eat locally.
 

Contents

Toward a New Internet Consciousness
9
Speed Reach Anonymity Interactivity
29
Machines Anger and Censorship
47
Genders and Virtualities
65
Humor Hoaxes and Legends in Cyberspace
82
Privacy and Copyright in Digital Space 111
110
Shopping at the EMall I 25
129
Think Globally Eat Locally 1
151
A Few Words about Method
164
Sites for Cyberliteracy 1
179
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Laura J. Gurak is associate professor at the University of Minnesota, faculty fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School, and director of the Internet Studies Center.

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