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Like its predecessor, the best-selling CyberSociety, published in 1994, Cybersociety 2.0 is rooted in criticism and analysis of computer-mediated technologies to assist readers in becoming critically aware of the hype and hopes pinned on computer-mediated communication and of the cultures that are emerging among Internet users. Both books are products of a particular moment in time, and serve as snapshots of the concerns and issues that surround the burgeoning new technologies of communication. After a brief introduction to the history of computer-mediated communication, each essay in this volume highlights specific cyber societies and how computer-mediated communication affects the notion of self and its relation to community. Contributors probe issues of community, standards of conduct, communication, means of fixing identity, knowledge, information, and the exercise of ...

Virtual Ethnicity: Tribal Identity in an Age of Global Communications
Virtual ethnicity: Tribal identity in an age of global communications

Ethnicity and race are today much contested terms. Once, when Enlightenment discourse retained its hegemony, these terms were easily dismissed as idols of outmoded eras and primitive societies, as irrational myths, at best as regrettable ideals of minds incapable of ascending to their own humanity Today, spontaneous identification with one's local group, a sort of natural parochialism, is precluded by the saturation of daily life with globalized media: One is continually confronted with people who are not of one's tribe, kin, ethnicity, race, or community in any sense. Yet the desire for ethnic identification, at least in some quarters, is strong. Perhaps this is a postmodern ...

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