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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.

Structural Relations, Electronic Media, and Social Change: The Public Electronic Network and the Homeless
Structural relations, electronic media, and social change: The public electronic network and the homeless

I have been living on the streets in Santa Monica for one year. … To tell you the truth, PEN is indispensable in my life at the moment, I don't know what I would do without it … it does keep my brain alive … it has been an enlightening experience to be able to communicate with so many intelligent people, from the city attorney, Bob Myers, to a professor of psychology, Michele Wittig.

— David Morgan, 1989, then homeless, in a letter to the author

David Morgan's letter to me was written on Santa Monica's Public Electronic Network (PEN) ...

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