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This futuristic term, commonly accepted as being introduced by William Gibson in his 1984 science fiction novel, Neuromancer, is often used as another, trendier, name for the Internet. However, it relates more specifically to the conceptual space connecting virtual communities of people who use computer-mediated communications (CMC) to interact without the need for physical proximity (Rheingold, 1994: 5). Associated words include cybercafé, a café with computer equipment providing (usually for a fee) public access to the Internet (Word, 2003).

Further Reading
Rheingold, H. (1994) The Virtual CommunityLondon: Minerva.


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