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Punishing the Persona: Correctional Strategies for the Virtual Offender
Punishing the persona: Correctional strategies for the virtual offender
Richard C.MacKinnon

What are “virtual crime” and “virtual punishment”? Intuitively, one knows the answers, but it is necessary to situate the original questions in the context or place where these crimes are allegedly occurring and where proper punishments are to be dealt. This leads to the more preliminary question “What is cybersociety?,” for it is there where these phenomena are presently under study. Steven Jones (1995) coined the term to describe the “new forms of community” and “social formations” brought about by such “wonders of technology” as computer-mediated communication (CMC). Cybersociety is the emergence of community from a complex set of social formations in a space enacted by mediating ...

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