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Cultures of Cyberspace, February 1996
- Real Bad: Radical Cybericity and Political Bridges
Joe Lockard, Mike Mosher
One of the central questions posed by cybericity is how this emergent medium can be used to bridge the gap between the realities of violent hatred and the glowing phosphors of a screen.
My multimedia work is another version of reality to be taken into consideration in evaluating large societal events, but my version is intended to be provocative rather than definitive. I encourage viewers to become comfortable with a certain amount of ambiguity. Multimedia is a perfect way to juxtapose alternative realities and show each one in its inherent seductiveness.
- Resisting Cyber-English
English must be practiced as an open field rather than a linguistic prisonhouse where involuntary anglophones do hard time behind the steel bars of alien grammar.
- The Information Super Yahweh
- I recently received a message from an online services provider which specializes in forwarding prayer requests to God through the Internet.
- Bunkley Debunked
Hate speech on the Web must be confronted as a political challenge that comes organically with a net expansion of free speech into cyberspace.
- Wiring the Joint: Prisons and Art Online
This is what I want: for some computer manufacturer to donate one low-end personal computer full of productive software to every inmate in prison in the United States, to take with him or her upon completion of sentence.
- The Secret Machinery of the Universe: Talking with Rudy Rucker
I first encountered Rudy Rucker's work when I was in middle school, as I read my way through the science fiction section of a local bookstore. Recently, I had the chance to talk with Rucker.
- Home Page
Post a public message, send e-mail, make a statement, elicit responses, and you become part of a community...There is a kind of community happening here, but the relationship of home pages to that community is uncertain. To post a public message is to accept the reality of discussion and the exchange of ideas, but one can build a home page that only accepts the reality of admiration or condemnation, without any real exchange taking place.
- Hackers, Order and Control
We may end up with the evasions of theorizing Internet community so popular in the press in the past twelve months: figuring all network users simply as consumers.
- Rescuing the Knight
In my personal experience, writing what amounts to an interactive novel with about 100 people is an odd experience, but in the case of the Forever Knight fiction list, organization helps.