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The digital era promises, as did many other technological developments before it, the transformation of society: with the computer, we can transcend time, space, and politics-as-usual. In The Digital Sublime, Vincent Mosco goes beyond the usual stories of technological breakthrough and economic meltdown to explore the myths constructed around the new digital technology and why we feel compelled to believe in them. He tells us that what kept enthusiastic investors in the dotcom era bidding up stocks even after the crash had begun was not willful ignorance of the laws of economics but belief in the myth that cyberspace was opening up a new world.Myths are not just falsehoods that can be disproved, Mosco points out, but stories that lift us out of the banality of everyday life into the possibility of the sublime. He argues that if we take what we know about cyberspace and situate it within what we know about culture — specifically the central post-Cold War myths of the end of history, geography, and politics — we will add to our knowledge about the digital world; we need to see it "with both eyes" — that is, to understand it both culturally and materially.After examining the myths of cyberspace and going back in history to look at the similar mythic pronouncements prompted by past technological advances — the telephone, the radio, and television, among others — Mosco takes us to Ground Zero. In the final chapter he considers the twin towers of the World Trade Center — our icons of communication, information, and trade — and their part in the politics, economics, and myths of cyberspace.

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Interpreting the myths of the digital age: why we believed in the power of cyberspace to open up a new world.

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After examining the myths of cyberspace and going back in history to look at the similar mythic pronouncements prompted by past technological advances — the telephone, the radio, and television, among others — Mosco takes us to Ground Zero. In the final chapter he considers the twin towers of the World Trade Center — our icons of communication, information, and trade — and their part in the politics, economics, and myths of cyberspace.

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believed in the power of cyberspace to open up a new world.

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Interpreting the myths of the digital age: why webelieved in the power of cyberspace to open up a new world.

About the Author

Vincent Mosco is Canada Research Chair in Communication and Society in the Department of Sociology at Queen's University and the author of The Political Economy of Communication: Rethinking and Renewal.

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ISBN:
9780262633291
Subtitle:
Myth, Power, and Cyberspace
Author:
Mosco, Vincent
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Information technology
Subject:
Social Aspects - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Computers Reference-Social Aspects
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Digital Sublime
Publication Date:
20050923
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Pages:
230
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , After examining the myths of cyberspace and going back in history to look at the similar mythic pronouncements prompted by past technological advances — the telephone, the radio, and television, among others — Mosco takes us to Ground Zero. In the final chapter he considers the twin towers of the World Trade Center — our icons of communication, information, and trade — and their part in the politics, economics, and myths of cyberspace.
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