KeywordCyberculture and cyberspace, digital remembrance, digital community memory, digital history, cyberarcheology, cyber-subcultures, cyber-museums, cyber-democracy, New Media literacies, social networking, cyber-politics, digital architecture
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DescriptionCyberculture and cyberspace have become part of our realities. This is an inescapable fact. Their digital technologies have come to underpin many aspects of our lives, our history, and our future. Already, these technologies exert considerable influence upon the institutions and structure of our societies, including those that define our concepts of art and aesthetics, our social interactions, societal and individual remembrance, even how we govern and are governed. Cyberculture’s ubiquity raises questions of our concepts of being and aloneness. Can we experience solitude if we are all connected? Will the natural state of being soon be ‘always on, always connected?’ To remember everything, is it a blessing or a curse? Is the promise of digital ‘immortality’ possible or even desirable? When do we cease mourning, if the dead are memorialized in digital perpetuity? Within this volume is a collection of essays from an international group of scholars, artists, and practitioners who address these and other questions about our future, looking at where we have come in our past.
Table of ContentsIntroduction A Digital Janus: Looking Forward, Looking Back Dennis Moser Part 1 Community, Memory, History, Art and Culture in Cyberspace Section 1.1 Theories and Concepts of Cyberspace and Cyberculture The Virtual Leash: Connected at Every Intersection Teigan Kollosche The Digital Lives of the Dead: YouTube as a Practice of Cybermourning Margaret Gibson and Marga Altena Section 1.2 Cyber-Subcultures The Arpeggio of Fragmentation: Music Bricolage in the Tracker Scene Alberto José Viralhadas Ferreira 24 People Do Not Like the Horse Dance: YouTube as Community? Kyong James Cho Section 1.3 Digital Memories: Concepts in Digitising Individual and Community Memory Virtual Communities and Identity Reconfiguration Elena-Alis Costescu Section 1.4 Digital Memories: History and (Digital) Memory ‘Memories Are Just Dead Men Makin’ Trouble’: Digital Objects, Digital Memory, Digital History Dennis Moser Encoding through Digital Memory and Our Remembrances Segah Sak The Member’s a Virtual Gentleman Patrick McEntaggart and Paul Wilson Section 1.5 Digital Memories: Cyber-Archaeology HyperScreens: The Presentation of Audiovisual Cultural Heritage through Interactive Media Platforms Asen O. Ivanov Section 1.6 New Designs, Platforms and Art Practices Interface: The Actual Story Funda Şenova Tunalı The Virtualisation of Architecture in the Digital Era Vassilis Papalexopoulos and Artemis Psaltoglou Part 2 Places, Spaces, Politics, Society and Cyberculture Section 2.1 Emerging Practices in Social Networking Still a Long Way to Go: Media Branding in Social Network Sites Sabine Baumann and Ulrike Rohn From Trolling for Newbs to Trolling for Cheezburger: An Analysis of the Transformation of Trolling Catherine van Reenen Crowdfunded Film Campaigns: Drivers of Success Jake Hobbs Section 2.2 Data Analysis Big Data and Governance Maude Bonenfant, Marc Ménard, André Mondouxand Maxime Ouellet Section 2.3 Cyber-Policy and Cyber-Democracy and Their Impact on National and Global Politics Is Political Participation Online Effective? A Case Study of the Brazilian Federal Chamber of Representatives’ E-Democracy Initiative Patrícia Gonçalves C. Rossini The Apparatus of Mobility and the Restriction fromCyberspace Harris Breslow and Ilhem Allagui Cyber-Popular Pressure Can Improve Society Miquel Rubio Domínguez Section 2.4 Narrative Architectures Filthy Lucre and Test Audiences: Fan Debates about Publishing Fan Fiction Jennifer Roth and Monica Flegel Digital Literacy in Arabic Speakers: The Role of Bilingualism in Effective Use of Web Resources Susan Dun and Dina Mutassem Section 2.5 New Media Literacies New Media Documentary: Playing with Documentary Film within the Database Logic and Culture Ersan Ocak Visit(s) to the Museum: Visitors and Official Information Available on the Web Olga Cristina Sousa and Abílio Oliveira
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