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The Cultural Imaginary of the Internet: Virtual Utopias and Dystopias (Palgrave Pivot) [Kindle Edition]

Majid Yar

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Contemporary culture offer contradictory views of the internet and new media technologies, painting them in extremes of optimistic enthusiasm and pessimistic foreboding. While some view them as a repository of hopes for democracy, freedom and self-realisation, others consider these developments as sources of alienation, dehumanisation and danger. This book explores such representations, and situates them within the traditions of utopian and dystopian thought that have shaped the Western cultural imaginary. Ranging from ancient poetry to post-humanism, and classical sociology to science fiction, it uncovers the roots of our cultural responses to the internet, which are centred upon a profoundly ambivalent reaction to technological modernity. Majid Yar argues that it is only by better understanding our society's reactions to technological innovation that we can develop a balanced and considered response to the changes and challenges that the internet brings in its wake.

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About the Author

Majid Yar is Professor of Sociology at the University of Hull, UK. His recent publications include Cybercrime and Society, 2nd edition (2013) and Crime, Deviance and Doping: Fallen Sports Stars, Autobiography and the Management of Stigma (2014).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 115 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1137436689
  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot (12 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K0MX3FM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,327,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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