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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 prime cyber-theorists of North the United States, Britain and Australia to map the current and the way forward for cyberspace.
Presenting a guidebook to our new international, either the speculation and the perform, the e-book covers topics as varied as androids, biotech, digital trade, the acceleration of way of life, entry to info, 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 state of the art evaluate 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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One of the relatively straightforward definitions of cyberspace offered by William Gibson, is to be ‘wrapped in media’ and this expresses a vital aspect of the phenomenon. This definition is not limited to considerations of e-mail, the Internet or the World Wide Web, but rather points to the centrality of mediated interactions. It also allows us to discuss the new technologies in social terms, rooted in the real world. T H E A M B I VA L E N C E O F C Y B E R S PA C E Cyberspace is rife with ambiguity, paradox and contradiction.

C Y B E R S PA C E : BEYOND THE I N F O R M AT I O N SOCIETY? 23 All too frequently, different ways of understanding ‘information society’ depend upon unquestioned concepts of ‘information’, ‘technology’ and ‘society’. 4 Each of these is found wanting in several ways, but particularly with regard to taking for granted the meaning of one or more concepts of ‘information’, ‘technology’ and ‘society’, or for assuming that one may be discussed without the other. For example, Webster rightly complains that there is something inconsistent about accounts of the information society that talk of technology in terms of mere artefacts or tools that have no social constitution and yet claim that they have extensive social impacts.

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.

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