Internet Culture

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David Porter, David Porter, MIP
Psychology Press, 1997 - Computers - 279 pages

The internet has recently grown from a fringe cultural phenomenon to a significant site of cultural production and transformation. Internet Culture maps this new domain of language, politics and identity, locating it within the histories of communication and the public sphere. Internet Culture offers a critical interrogation of the sustaining myths of the virtual world and of the implications of the current mass migration onto the electronic frontier. Among the topics discussed in Internet Culture are the virtual spaces and places created by the citizens of the Net and their claims to the hotly contested notion of virtual community; the virtual bodies that occupy such spaces; and the desires that animate these bodies. The contributors also examine the communication medium behind theworlds of the Net, analyzing the rhetorical conventions governing online discussion, literary antecedents, and potential pedagogical applications.

 

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Contents

PART ONE VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES
5
Community and Identity in the Electronic Village
23
Usenet Communities and the Cultural
39
The Internet as Middle Landscape
55
PART TWO VIRTUAL BODIES
73
Dante Cyberpunk and
111
PART THREE LANGUAGE WRITING RHETORIC
133
William B Millard
145
Authority and Egalitarian Rhetoric
161
PART FOUR POLITICS AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE
201
Progressive Politics Electronic Individualism
219
Democratic Politics
233
Cyberspace and the Globalization of Culture
253
Contributors
277
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David Porter teaches in the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. He is the editor of Between Men and Feminism, also published by Routledge.

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