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Writing the Public in Cyberspace : Redefining Inclusion on the Net - Ann Travers

Writing the Public in Cyberspace

Redefining Inclusion on the Net

Hardcover Published: 1st November 1999
ISBN: 9780815332657
Number Of Pages: 184

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Popular claims that new information technology will expand democratic and public spaces are problematic given the exclusive history of the "public" and the restriction of access to computer technology to elites. This book investigates patterns of behavior in a cybercommunity consisting of Americans and Canadians, and discusses the ways in which these so-called public spaces are likely to reshape the boundaries between social insiders and outsiders rather than eliminate them. Traverse analyses the ways in which the norms for participation within cyberspaces often play a role in undermining public tendencies, but notes that new information technologies provide educators, feminists, and other social groups concerned with broadening the inclusive nature of public spaces with unique opportunities. The book's final section explores current efforts by feminists on-line to expand public access for women and suggests further strategies for developing more genuinely inclusive public spaces.
(Ph.D. dissertation, University of Oregon,1996; revised with new introduction, bibliography, and index)

Promises, Promises, Promisesp. 1
The Promise of Neutralityp. 2
The Myth of Neutralityp. 3
Masculinist Biasp. 3
Technology and Powerp. 6
Disembodimentp. 7
Conversational Virtuesp. 8
Admission to the Communityp. 10
The Promise of Universal Accessp. 10
The Myth of Accessp. 13
Economic Limitationsp. 13
Literacyp. 14
Participationp. 15
Climatep. 16
The Search for Public Spacep. 19
Case Study of the National Capital Freenetp. 29
A Visit to ncf.generalp. 29
About ncf.generalp. 30
Writing the Public in Cyberspacep. 37
Quantitative Analysis: Breakdown of Participation by Genderp. 41
Beyond Countingp. 43
Frequent Postersp. 44
NCF.Boardp. 51
Internet Racismp. 57
Dominant, Marginalized, and Missing Discourses of the Public in ncf.generalp. 69
Policing the Subject--Social Control in ncf.generalp. 75
Violence Against Women (Janice M)p. 76
Reform MP for Nanaimo-Cowichanp. 87
Racial Purity/White Supremacy (Ernie T)p. 98
Long Live Canada (Elliott D)p. 105
Bert R's Signoffp. 112
Policing the Subjectp. 117
Climatep. 119
Hopeful Signs/Where Do We Go from Here?p. 122
Educational Change and the Public Spherep. 129
Learning to Engage with and about New Information Technologiesp. 131
Learning How to Write the Publicp. 132
Connection to Old vs. New Paradigms of Post-Secondary Teachingp. 134
Trying It Out: SA 292p. 135
Be My Fag/SA292 in the Chat Roomp. 137
Freedom of Speech vs. Censorship/Freedom To vs. Freedom Fromp. 139
Conclusions from Trying It Outp. 140
Feminist Counterpublicsp. 143
Strategies for Feminist Contestation and Re-Writing of the Public in Cyberspacep. 148
Feminist Activity in Cyberspacep. 152
Recommendationsp. 155
Conclusionp. 158
Public Technologiesp. 161
Indexp. 167
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ISBN: 9780815332657
ISBN-10: 0815332653
Series: Garland Studies in American Popular History and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st November 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.43 x 14.88  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1