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Virtual realities and their discontents

Author: Robert Markley
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"One of the ironies of our culture's fascination with virtual technologies is its fondness for consuming books and articles that proclaim the death of print culture ... Cyberspace ... is unthinkable without the print culture it claims to transcend"--Introduction.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Virtual realities and their discontents.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)604804302
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Markley
ISBN: 0801852250 9780801852251 0801852269 9780801852268
OCLC Number: 32665059
Notes: Revised, expanded version of the fall 1994 issue of the JHUP journal, Configurations.
Description: 162 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : History, theory, and virtual reality / Robert Markley --
Boundary disputes : homeostasis, reflexivity, and the foundations of cybernetics / N. Katherine Hayles --
What is an electronic author? Theory and the technological fallacy / Richard Grusin --
Boundaries : mathematics, alienation, and the metaphysics of cyberspace / Robert Markley --
The business of cyberpunk : symbolic economy and ideology in William Gibson / David Brande --
Hacking the brainstem : postmodern metaphysics and Stephenson's Snow crash / David Porush --
Cyberspace and the technological real / Michelle Kendrick.
Other Titles: Configurations.
Responsibility: edited by Robert Markley.
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This study sets out to discover why "cyberspace provokes often-rapturous rhetoric but resists critical analysis". Taking a variety of approaches, the authors explore the ways in which virtual  Read more...

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"Refreshingly sceptical views about the importance (or otherwise) of virtual worlds find a home in this good old-fashioned text-book."--'New Scientist'

 
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