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 are actually all intricately certain with our on-line world. Living With Cyberspace brings jointly the major 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 idea and the perform, the e-book covers matters as diversified as androids, biotech, digital trade, the acceleration of lifestyle, entry to details, the alliance among the army and the leisure industries, feminism, democratic perform and human recognition itself.
Together, the essays—divided into individually brought sections on society , tradition, politics and economics—present a scientific and cutting-edge assessment 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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Cyberspace, after all, is the product not merely of some ‘new technologies’ but of the broader context – to which it also contributes – of postmodernity. In this light, let us look at some typical ambiguities of cyberspace. Information society theories start with a putative ‘technological revolution’ C Y B E R S PA C E : BEYOND THE I N F O R M AT I O N SOCIETY? 25 and move from there through analyses of changing occupational structure to an exploration of ‘ﬂows’ of information, technology, ﬁnance, and so on.
Most people ﬁnd disconcerting a ‘cybernetic life’ which lacks criteria for being. It appears to me that ‘communitarianism’, in one or other of its guises, addresses this concern. The movement associated with Amitai Etzioni11 in the USA is but the most direct expression of a continuum of views which share a conviction that people must have a sense of belonging to a wider group in order to live satisfactorily. Emile Durkheim long ago insisted that, without absorption into the values of the group, individuals experience anomie with costs paid in terms of social dislocation and personal unhappiness (crime, suicide, depression, and so forth) that were formidable.
But we can appreciate that the nation still has resonance, not least because it helps give shape to important elements of ourselves and it mitigates against excessive fragmentation. 16 A good deal of this argument is persuasive. 17 I am personally much in sympathy with this position. But I do want to make an important qualiﬁcation to a ready consequence of anti-foundationalist thinking, which has it that, everything being constructed, then anything can be reconstructed. But what this ignores are the inhibitions to change, and the 40 LIVING WITH C Y B E R S PA C E pressures to conform, that can accompany particular arrangements.
Living with cyberspace: technology and society in the 21st century by Joanne Roberts, John Armitage