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What is (in) a community?

Our task for the next two weeks is rather paradoxical: we are supposed to conduct an ethnographic study of an online community. Problem is, it’s very hard to find two cyberculture theorists who agree on what an online community is; In “Community and Cyberculture” (a chapter off An Introduction to CyberCultures) David Bell gives an [...]

Some rambling Sunday thoughts on Bell and Sterne

Bell, D (2001) Storying cyberspace 1: material and symbolic stories, chapter 2 of An introduction to cybercultures. Abingdon: Routledge. pp6-29. [e-book] [PDF]

Sterne, J (2006) The historiography of cyberculture, chapter 1 of Critical cyberculture studies. New York University Press. pp.17-28.

I see why, in comparison with Hand, Bell might be the more enjoyable read; he tells a [...]

Evolution and Isolation

Kubrick chose the most isolated place to play out his fears, space. A new fim, Surrogates is a 2009 science fiction film, based on the 2005–2006 comic book series of the same name,  has as it’s central theme the notion that technology will eventually isolate us from each other.