By David Bell
An creation to Cybercultures presents an available consultant to the most important varieties, practices and meanings of this rapidly-growing box. From the evolution of and software program to the emergence of cyberpunk movie and fiction, David Bell introduces readers to the main points of cyberculture, together with e-mail, the web, electronic imaging applied sciences, machine video games and electronic lighting tricks. every one bankruptcy comprises "hot hyperlinks" to key articles in its spouse quantity, The Cybercultures Reader, feedback for extra interpreting, and info of correct websites.
Individual chapters examine:
• Cybercultures: an introduction
• Storying cyberspace
• Cultural stories in our on-line world
• group and cyberculture
• Identities in cyberculture
• our bodies in cyberculture
• gaining knowledge of cybercultures
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This was the future – a future where social scientists no longer had to number34 EXPERIENTIAL STORIES 11111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10111 1 2 3 4 15111 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 2 311 crunch, but could dedicate their time to analysing the numbers crunched by a computer. To be honest, I was most interested in the punch cards themselves, with their random patterns of holes and their curiously old-fashioned, player-piano aesthetic (the picture of one published in Ceruzzi’s (1998: 17) A History of Modern Computing brought back these memories vividly).
Neologic spasm: the primal act of pop poetics. Preceded any concept whatever. Slick and hollow – awaiting received meanings. All I did: folded words as taught. Now other words accrete in the interstices. (Gibson 1991: 28) That’s one of two key quotations from Gibson, recited like incantations in virtually every discussion of cyberspace, framing the story of cyberpunk and cyberculture. The second is, of course, his definition of ‘cyberspace’ from Neuromancer: Cyberspace: A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts.
Learning to use it was a painful and protracted process, without today’s army of online support. Trial and error, make-do and my own scribbled ‘user’s manual’ were the only tools I had for the job (plus a partner with an electronics background who often had to bail me out). That purchase re-introduced me to the accelerating world of computers, with its limited memory, incompatible software and obsolete disk-drive soon rendering it virtually useless – in the end, after it had been unused for some time, I gave the computer to a friend, who thought she might be able to upgrade it.