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Virtual Culture marks a significant intervention in the current debate about access and control in cybersociety exposing the ways in which the Internet and other computer-mediated communication technologies are being used by disadvantaged and marginal groups - such as gay men, women, fan communities and the homeless - for social and political change. The contributors to this book apply a range of theoretical perspecitves derived from communication studies, sociology and anthropology to demonstrate the theoretical and practical possibilities for cybersociety as an identity-structured space.

Approaching the Radical other: The Discursive Culture of Cyberhate
Approaching the radical other: The discursive culture of cyberhate

The Internet has transformed the nature of community and identity within the United States. Along with other groups, this new medium has affected the cohesiveness of subversive organizations. Individuals propagating Nazi ideologies have traditionally operated in isolation, with limited ties to organizational structures. Yet with the emergence of electronic mail and the World Wide Web, subversives are now discovering the means of propagating their message beyond the narrow confines of pre-established alliances.

Subversive literature functions as the discursive articulation of a community, and expresses its historical consciousness and cultural identification. Based on this historical and cultural background, an argumentative Weltanschauung has developed which fosters a rhetoric of antipathy, one ...

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