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This page considers culture in digital environments.
It covers -
Preceding pages of this guide have pointed to some
of the more interesting writing about culture and the
internet. Three other resources are Internet Culture
(London: Routledge 1999), edited by David Porter, The
Cybercultures Reader (London: Routledge 2000) edited
by David Bell & Barbara Kennedy and Sara Kiesler's
Culture Of The Internet (Mahwah: Erlbaum 1997).
For big c Cyberculture - or just 'culture' with a dash
of the digitals - explore the Resource Center for
Cyberculture Studies (RCCS)
and the Center for Digital Discourse & Culture (CDDC).
The Commonwealth Department of Communications, Information
Technology & the Arts sponsored the very expensive
but sadly unimaginative Australia's Cultural Network (ACN),
since repackaged as the Culture & Recreation Portal.
What might have included innovative exhibitions involving
numerous institutions - breaking down the traditional
demarcations - ended up as an parochial version of Yahoo!
We've noted masterpieces of dot com baroque such as de
Kerckhove's strange The Skin of Culture: Investigating
The New Electronic Reality (London: Kogan Page 1997)
and The Architecture of Intelligence (Boston: Birkhauser
For a walk on the wild side consult Jonathan Rosen's
The Talmud & The Internet (New York: FSG 2000)
- a sort of 'How Proust Can Change Your Life' for the
digitally perplexed - or the gutsier The Internet:
A Philosophical Inquiry (London: Routledge 1999) by
The latter for us is more impressive than the uneven On
the Internet (London: Routledge 2001) by Hubert Dreyfus
- a splash of Merleau-Ponty, a strong dose of Kierkegaard,
add some information theory and voila - and David Weinberger's
faddish Small Pieces Loosely Joined - A Unified Theory
of the Web (New York: Perseus 2002).
James O'Donnell's incisive Avatars of the Word: From
Papyrus to Cyberspace (Cambridge: Harvard Uni Press
1998) is of value in thinking about virtuality, ideas
the digital cornucopia
Profiles on this site explore other pleasures/diversions
such as -
'Virtual Worlds' and other online social spaces
Adult Content (with
the associated guide on Censorship)
given that chat and email have arguably provided greater
pleasure to more people than access to MP3 recordings
or woolly jumpers from an etailer.
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