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Cyberculture: A Culture Of Speed

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This chapter briefly discusses the 'pre-history of cyberculture'. It argues that because of the effects of the unique networking capacities of computers, one needs to look at the dynamics of technological determinism. The effect is that 'cyberculture' is in fact a 'speed driven culture' and reflects the narrow logic of the neoliberalized global economy. Variations of Rippin's description of social determinism or 'co-determination' have become the acceptable face of theories of technological development. The 'need for speed' through computer networks has rapidly created what Lash sees as an 'information society [that] has for its unintended consequences the information culture'. The iridescent signs, symbols and representations of cyberculture displace and marginalize other forms of cultural production. The alternative political space of the Second Empire of Speed is a nascent but energetic space where different ways and means to 18th century political practices are being sought.

Keywords: computer networks; cyberculture; eoliberalized global economy; social determinism



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