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From Cyber Space to Cybernetic Space: Rethinking the Relationship between Real and Virtual Spaces

The above titled article by Ananda Mitra and Rae Lynn Schwartz from Wake Forest University caught my attention.It argues persuasively, in my opinion, that we claim to be inhabiting presently two worlds which should be seen in terms of space as one world. We inhabit geographical and cyber spaces. However posthumans (my term here) in [...]

Lifestream Week 2

Most of my activity was devoted to commenting on the short films via Twitter. Judging by the number of lifestream posts, this was a week that really worked for me reflection wise and learning wise; as Andy said in our Skype chat, it was like visiting a gallery, standing in front of paintings and eavesdropping [...]

Reflections on Poster and images of digital culture

Poster, Mark (2006) “The good, the bad and the virtual” from Poster, Mark, Information please: culture and politics in the age of digital machines pp. 139-160, 274-5, Durham, N.C.; London: Duke University Press.

What struck me from our two week short film festival was the way the cyberworld and the future were dominated by [...]

What is the Matrix? Cybernetics, Cyburbia and Cyberia

Hand, M (2008) Hardware to everywhere: narratives of promise and threat, chapter 1 of Making digital cultures: access, interactivity and authenticity. Aldershot: Ashgate. pp 15-42.

A classic example of what I think Hand identifies as the ‘dystopian narrative’:

I post this because I’ve been reading Douglas Rushkoff’s ‘Cyberia‘, from 1994 and James Harkin’s ‘Cyburbia‘, released this year. [...]

Musings on Bell and Hand

Initial reflections on inter-relating Bell and Hand readings.

Bell, D (2001) “Storying Cyberspace:  Material and symbolic stories” in An Introduction to Cybercultures pp. 6-29 Abingdon: Routledge

Hand, M (2008) “Hardware to Everywhere: Narratives of Promise and Threat” in Making digital cultures: access, interactivity, and authenticity pp.15-42, Aldershot: Ashgate

I was glad that I read Bell first as he [...]

Tales from Cyberia: Tape-decks, Pathe News and Damien Hirst’s Skull

British Pathe News

Hand, M (2008) Hardware to everywhere: narratives of promise and threat, chapter 1 of Making digital cultures: access, interactivity and authenticity. Aldershot: Ashgate. pp 15-42.

Who is going to control the internet? Can it be controlled? Do we want it to be controlled?

Hand’s analysis of the differing ‘narratives’ on cyberculture seems to reveal [...]