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Hacking Cyberspace : Polemics - David J. Gunkel

Hacking Cyberspace


Paperback Published: 16th March 2001
ISBN: 9780813336695
Number Of Pages: 255

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In "Hacking Cyberspace" David J. Gunkel examines the metaphors applied to new technologies, and how those metaphors inform, shape, and drive the implementation of the technology in question. The author explores the metaphorical tropes that have been employed to describe and evaluate recent advances in computer technology, telecommunications systems, and interactive media. Taking the stance that no speech is value-neutral, Gunkel examines such metaphors as "the information superhighway" and "the electronic frontier" for their political and social content, and he develops a critical investigation that not only traces the metaphors' conceptual history, but explicates their implications and consequences for technological development. Through "Hacking Cyberspace," David J. Gunkel develops a sophisticated understanding of new technology that takes into account the effect of technoculture's own discursive techniques and maneuvers on the actual form of technological development.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction Prolegomena Hacking Cyberspacep. 1
Terra Nova: the New Worlds of Cyberspacep. 23
Ars Metaphorica: the Computer as a Device of Communicationp. 55
Veritatem Imitari: Virtual Reality and the Deconstruction of the Imagep. 97
Lingua Ex Machina: Computer-Mediated Communication and the Tower of Babelp. 119
Corpus Amittere: Cyberspace and the Bodyp. 151
Ecce Cyborg: the Subject of Communicationp. 173
Appendix Decoristruction for Dummiesp. 201
Referencesp. 207
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780813336695
ISBN-10: 0813336694
Series: Polemics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 255
Published: 16th March 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1