Postcards from the Net: An Australian's Guide to the Wired World

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Allen & Unwin, 1996 - Web sites - 371 pages
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"Postcards from the Net is a travel book like no other. Fast and funny, it's a thirty-countries-in-thirty-days travel through the weird, wired and wonderful parallel universe of the World Wide Web." "Postcards from the Net is not the usual how-to guide. It's a where-to, a why-to and a what-to. This book will take you to places the others don't go. It will introduce you to the minds that feed into Net culture, from the input of mainstream media corporations to Japanese Haiku obsessives. You'll explore the debates around censorship on the Net, and be stunned by the revelation that it is quicker to nick off to the newsagent if you want to look at porn. You'll meet celebrities, footy fans, cyberfeminists, X-Files nuts and people who just want to put up home pages for their pets."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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Contents

How to Behove Online
3
Can You Trust What You Find?
13
The Naughty BitsPornography
24
Cyber Rights and Censorship
30
Cameras Attached to the Web
43
Cyber Soap Operas
49
Why Dumb Ideas Are Often the Best Ideas
57
Distractions Games and Web Tricks
63
UFOs and Aliens
199
Urban Legends
205
Abundance vs Scarcity
211
The New Distribution Network
217
Keeping Up With the News
229
Wired HotWired and the Digital Backlash
236
A Case for Bad Taste
245
Weird Science
256

Haiku Fans Online
71
Sites About Celebrities
79
Famous People Who Hang Out Online
88
Elvis Presley Is Alive and Well in Cyberspace
95
The Net Court RoomDid Kurt Cobain Kill Himself?
101
Nostalgia for the 1980s
108
What Does the Rest of the World See of Australia?
115
Aboriginal Sites
121
Finding Community in Cyberspace
147
Body Modification
159
Bad Hair Days
170
Alternative Alternative Religions
177
Astrology
184
Conspiracy Theories
191
Beer Lovers
263
Yes There Is a Hell
274
Finding Your Way Around
281
Film
287
TV
298
Music
311
Books and Literature
321
Cartoons and Comics
331
Zines
342
The Overflow
353
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace
365
Acknowledgements
371
Copyright

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Page 366 - Our identities have no bodies, so, unlike you, we cannot obtain order by physical coercion. We believe that from ethics, enlightened self-interest, and the commonweal, our governance will emerge. Our identities may be distributed across many of your jurisdictions. The only law that all our constituent cultures would generally recognize is the Golden Rule. We hope we will be able to build our particular solutions on that basis. But we cannot accept the solutions you are attempting to impose.
Page 366 - We are creating a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth. We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity. Your legal concepts of property, expression, identity, movement, and context do not apply to us. They are all based on matter, and there is no matter here.
Page 367 - These increasingly hostile and colonial measures place us in the same position as those previous lovers of freedom and self-determination who had to reject the authorities of distant, uninformed powers. We must declare our virtual selves immune to your sovereignty, even as we continue to consent to your rule over our bodies.
Page 366 - You claim there are problems among us that you need to solve. You use this claim as an excuse to invade our precincts. Many of these problems don't exist. Where there are real conflicts, where there are wrongs, we will identify them and address them by our means. We are forming our own Social Contract. This governance will arise according to the conditions of our world, not yours. Our world is different.
Page 367 - These may keep out the contagion for a small time, but they will not work in a world that will soon be blanketed in bit-bearing media. Your increasingly obsolete information industries would perpetuate themselves by proposing laws, in America and elsewhere, that claim to own speech itself throughout the world. These laws would declare ideas to be another industrial product, no more noble than pig iron. In our world, whatever the human mind may create can be reproduced and distributed infinitely at...
Page 366 - ... our constituent cultures would generally recognize is the Golden Rule. We hope we will be able to build our particular solutions on that basis. But we cannot accept the solutions you are attempting to impose. In the United States, you have today created a law, the Telecommunications Reform Act, which repudiates your own Constitution and insults the dreams of Jefferson, Washington, Mill, Madison, De Tocqueville, and Brandeis.

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