Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual History Darren Tofts

ISBN: 9780262201452

Published: March 14th 2003

Hardcover

328 pages


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Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual History  by  Darren Tofts

Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual History by Darren Tofts
March 14th 2003 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 328 pages | ISBN: 9780262201452 | 7.49 Mb

The vast social apparatus of the computer network has aligned people with technology in unprecedented ways. The intimacy of the human-computer interface has made it impossible to distinguish technology from the social and cultural business of beingMoreThe vast social apparatus of the computer network has aligned people with technology in unprecedented ways.

The intimacy of the human-computer interface has made it impossible to distinguish technology from the social and cultural business of being human. Cyberculture is the broader name given to this process of becoming through technological means. This book shows that cyberculture has been a long time coming.In Prefiguring Cyberculture, media critics and theorists, philosophers, and historians of science explore the antecedents of such aspects of contemporary technological culture as the Internet, the World Wide Web, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, virtual reality, and the cyborg.

The contributors examine key texts that anticipate cybercultural practice and theory, including Platos Simile of the Cave- the Renaissance Ars Memoria- Descartess Meditations (on the mind-body split)- Mary Shelleys Frankenstein- Alan Turings Computing Machinery and Intelligence- Philip K. Dicks Man, Android, and Machine- William Gibsons Neuromancer- and Arthur C. Clarkes Profiles of the Future. In the final section, a number of cyberculture artists explore how cybercultural themes have been taken up and critiqued in the electronic arts.This book is not for sale in Australia and New Zealand



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