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Virtual Culture
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Virtual Culture
Identity and Communication in Cybersociety

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May 1997 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Virtual Culture provides a unique analysis of a previously undocumented aspect of the cybersociety. Until now, the debate about participation in cyberculture has tended to focus on the ways that certain segments of the population are denied access to communications technologies. By contrast, the contributors to this volume scrutinize the way in which under-represented groupsùgay men, women, and special interest groupsùare exploiting the opportunities that the Internet provides for social and political change. Virtual Culture presents contributions from a range of subject disciplines, including communication, sociology, and anthropology in order to reflect on the diverse paradigms currently engaged in the study of electronic communities and networks. It sets out the definitions, boundaries, and approaches to the studies of these topics while demonstrating the theoretical and practical possibilities for cybersociety as an identity-structured space. Virtual Culture will be required reading for all students of communication, media and technology.

Steven G Jones
Introduction
Steven G Jones
The Internet and Its Social Landscape
Jan Fernback
The Individual Within the Collective
Virtual Ideology and the Realization of Collective Principles

 
Ananda Mitra
Virtual Commonality
Looking for India on the Internet

 
Joseph Schmitz
Structural Relations, Electronic Media and Social Change
The Public Electronic Network and the Homeless

 
Nessim Watson
Why We Argue about Virtual Community
A Case Study of Phish.Net Fan Community

 
David Shaw
Gay Men and Computer Communication
A Discourse of Sex and Identity in Cyberspace

 
Margaret L McLaughlin, Kerry K Osborne and Nicole B Ellison
Virtual Community in a Telepresence Environment
Dawn Dietrich
(Re)-Fashioning the Techno-Erotic Woman
Gender and Textuality in the Cybercultural Matrix

 
Susan Zickmund
Approaching the Radical Other
The Discursive Culture of Cyberhate

 
Richard MacKinnon
Punishing the Persona
Correctional Strategies for the Virtual Offender

 
Harris Breslow
Civil Society, Political Economy, and the Internet

Useful in introductory to media course. Does of good job of explaining how virtual culture impacts communications discourses.

Ms Ayana Haaruun
Media Communications, Kennedy - King College
September 4, 2013

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