The aesthetic nature and purposes of computer culture in the contemporary world are investigated in this book. Sean Cubitt casts a cool eye on the claims of cybertopians, tracing the globalization of the new medium and enquiring into its effects on subjectivity and sociality.
Drawing on historical scholarship, philosophical aesthetics and the literature of cyberculture, the author argues for a genuine democracy beyond the limitations of the free market and the global corporation. Digital arts are identified as having a vital part to play in this process. Written in a balanced and penetrating style, the book both conveniently summarizes a huge literature and sets a new agenda for research and theory.
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From Outer Space to Cyberspace
Hacker Transvestism and the Tourist Mouse
Silence Sound and Space
The Mobilisation of Sound
Silent Listening Silent Reading
The Incoherence of the Soundtrack
The Anarchy and Society of Perceptions
The Socialisation of Perception
Deconstructing the Map
The Ethics of Utopia
Chapter 3 Spatial Effects
Perspective as Special Effect