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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.

(Re)-Fashioning the Techno-Erotic Woman: Gender and Textuality in the Cybercultural Matrix
(Re)-Fashioning the techno-erotic woman: Gender and textuality in the cybercultural matrix
Rhetorics of Cyberculture

MAN: I acknowledge that the use of the term “man” for the concept of humanity is sexist. I use it here as a matter of convenience.

—R.U. Sirius [Ken Goffman] in Rucker, Sirius, & Mu, Mondo 2000: A User's Guide to the New Edge (1992), p. 100

As post-industrial culture is increasingly mediated through information technologies, a chief concern for postmodern theorists and feminists alike is how gender intersects with the construction of social matrices and networks. While the print media are still manufacturing verbal and visual representations of “New Edge” culture, increasingly these representations are assuming electronic form in cyberspace, constituting what Baudrillard ...

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