Cover

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About the Series, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

This book is the result of more than a decade of work and play on computer networks. As a formal project, it began as a dissertation through Emory University’s Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts, under the care and guidance of Cindy Patton, John Johnston, and Allen Tullos. ...

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Introduction: Networks, Space, and Everyday Life

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pp. xi-xxviii

In a single generation, network technology has radically altered everyday life in the developed world. The proof is the degree to which networks now pass unnoticed in daily life. Cyberspace, once a reference in a subgenre of science fiction, now marks a set of relations to computer-mediated communication (CMC) covering a range of everyday functions. ...

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1. The Problem of Cyberspace

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pp. 1-46

Much of the work I have done on CMC over the last decade has been driven by an attempt to ask, in various ways, a single question: Where does cyberspace take place?1 When I first began asking a version of this question back in the mid-1990s, the terms of debate were notably different, obsessed as we were then with the promises and threats posed by telepresence and virtual worlds. ...

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2. Virtual Worlds and Situated Spaces: Topographies of the World Wide Web

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pp. 47-85

In the previous chapter, I have attempted to justify considering CMC, and in particular the Internet, as a produced social space, understood as a dynamic event brought about by heteromorphic material, conceptual, and experiential processes. In this chapter and the following chapter, I attempt to situate this theoretical framework in relation to specific forms of CMC currently dominant on the Internet, namely the WWW and email. ...

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3. Email, the Letter, and the Post

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pp. 86-126

It should come as no surprise that email ranks as the most common means by which individuals engage in computer-mediated communication. In fact, according to a Yankee Group survey of U.S. households online, 68 percent of American users ranked email as “their top online activity.” ...

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4. Student Bodies

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pp. 127-159

In chapters 2 and 3, I attempted to explore how the production of online space provides a challenge to large, ontological categories of spatiality; namely, the global and the local, and the public and the private. In this chapter, my focus shifts to a specific instance of institutional space—the classroom—as a means of understanding how these spatial forms and structures articulate themselves in lived dispositional practices. ...

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Afterword: Digital Dis-strophe

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pp. 160-178

Truth be told, the “Y2K bug” was quite a disappointment. While the technopundits wooed us with visions of network failures worthy of millennial fervor, January 1, 2000, came and went without even a glimmer of the catastrophic. Yet the Y2K “bug” did reveal the degree to which the American apocalypse took the form of the network itself. ...

Notes

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pp. 179-200

Works Cited

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pp. 201-214

Index

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pp. 215-223