Living with cyberspace: technology and society in the 21st by Joanne Roberts, John Armitage

By Joanne Roberts, John Armitage

Our on-line world and cybertechnology have impacted on each point of our lives. Western society, tradition, politics and economics at the moment are all intricately certain with our on-line world. Living With Cyberspace brings jointly the top cyber-theorists of North the US, Britain and Australia to map the current and the way forward for cyberspace.
Presenting a guidebook to our new international, either the speculation and the perform, the publication covers topics as varied as androids, biotech, digital trade, the acceleration of way of life, entry to info, the alliance among the army and the leisure industries, feminism, democratic perform and human attention itself.
Together, the essays—divided into individually brought sections on society , tradition, politics and economics—present a scientific and cutting-edge review of know-how and society within the twenty first century.
Contributors: John Armitage, Verena Andermatt Conley, James Der Derian, William H. Dutton, Phil Graham, Tim Jordan, Wan-Ying Ling, David Lyon, Ian Miles, Joanne Roberts, Saskia Sassen, Cathryn Vasseleu, McKenzie Wark, Frank Webster.

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No matter how individualistic and even fragmented may be our sense of identity, it remains the case that we know ourselves in relation to other people and organizations. Furthermore, sociability requires, at a minimum, some shared, even if unarticulated, conception of the rights and obligations of fellow human beings. After all, the ideal of equality between citizens, which undergirds all democratic politics and which acknowledges the worthiness of each individual, was nurtured in one undeveloped yet vital form of communitarianism – the nation-state.

2 T H E U N F O L D I N G I N F O R M AT I O N S O C I E T Y S T O RY It is significant that the idea of an ‘information society’ emerged first from enthusiastic claims about an ‘information technology revolution’. The development of microcomputing and its dovetailing with telecommunications was thought to herald certain social, economic and political changes comparable to those often attributed to the diffusion of machine technologies in the nineteenth century. 3 Numerous difficulties occur with ‘technology’-oriented definitions, not least that of technological determinism, which suggests that technological potential is social destiny.

33 But relationships carried on at a distance, mediated by some means or another, have a different quality from face-to-face ones of copresence. 34 The range of cues available to participants is narrowed in mediated interaction. If you cannot see the face of the other you miss expressions and gestures and build a repertoire of compensatory cues suitable for that medium. The chances of ambiguity rise with mediated communications and interpreting messages becomes harder for the recipient. But interactions of this kind seldom if ever take place in a social vacuum.

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