The aesthetic nature and purposes of computer culture in the contemporary world are investigated in this book. Sean Cubitt casts a cool eye on the claims of cybertopians, tracing the globalization of the new medium and enquiring into its effects on subjectivity and sociality. Drawing on historical scholarship, philosophical aesthetics and the literature of cyberculture, the author argues for a genuine democracy beyond the limitations of the free market and the global corporation. Digital arts are identified as having a vital part to play in this process. Written in a balanced and penetrating style, the book both conveniently summarizes a huge literature and sets a new agenda for research and theory.

Turbulence: Network Morphology and the Corporate Cyborg

Turbulence: Network Morphology and the Corporate Cyborg

Turbulence: Network morphology and the corporate cyborg

As they settled down in China for a long time, some became advanced in years, their families grew, and being far from home, they had no desire to be buried in their fatherland. Brotherhood among peoples has certainly reached a new plane.

(Wang Li [1314–1389], cited in Ch'ên Yüan 1966: 252)

Network Subjectivity and the Secret Honour of the Posts

Crammed with unsolicited brochures, catalogues, fliers, competitions, announcements, commercials and special offers, the letterboxes of the West bulge with all the useless paper that keeps the new recycling industries alive. The post has entered a circuit of pure waste. The US Mail, heir to Wells Fargo and the Pony Express, now ekes out a dismal ...

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