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Digitopia: The Look of the New Digital You

Richard DeGrandpre
Format
Book
Published
New York : AtRandom.com, c2001.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
ISBN
0812991567 (pbk.)
Contents
  • Part I. Going Digital
  • Introduction: some coming attractions 3
  • Digitally Mastered: on the nature and meaning of all that is digital 8
  • Four DNA Bases, Twenty-six Letters, a Zero, and a One: how code continues to take over the world 14
  • One and Only Reality: not appreciating what reality really is, we have squandered its substance and materiality 19
  • Real and the True: how the academics' debate over objectivity and truth missed the point 26
  • Surviving Survivor: how to survive when lost between virtual reality and real virtuality 31
  • Digital Mechanics: measuring the impact of the digital revolution 36
  • Part II. Long Journey Into Digitopia
  • A Short History of the Digital Self: first stripped naked, then jacked in, and soon to be downloaded 43
  • Unplugged Media: indigenous oral cultures and the first four selves 49
  • Plugged-in Media: child of projection: the fifth self 57
  • Coming of Digital Age: cyberpunks and the sixth self 63
  • Part III. Psychology of the Digital Age
  • A Digital Ethos: just log on, jack in, and drop out 69
  • Sad and Lonely World of Cyberspace: what psychological research can (and cannot) tell us about america online 75
  • Virtual Reality Shapes the Mind in Its Own Image: a psychological theory of why virtuality rules 82
  • A Digital Virus: how the digital revolution feeds off a crippled social sphere 87
  • Fight and Flight: instead of fighting for a better world, we're taking flight into virtuality 94
  • Drama of the Digital Self: no more struggle between the will to power and the need for mutual recognition 100
  • Digital Dreams, Concrete Realities: how the desires of the plugged-in world spill over into everyday life 105
  • Feeling Oh, So Analog in an All-Too-Digital Age: why faster computers and better graphics will never be enough 111
  • Incredible Shrinking Attention Span: how you accommodate yourself to a distracted way of life 117
  • Pharmacological Aid: on our way to digitopia, drugs have become prosthetics for a self under siege 123
  • Part IV. Geography of Digitopia
  • Living in Timeless Time and Placeless Space: in search of place in the age of cyberspace 133
  • Constructing Digitopia: making our digital dreamworld a technological reality 140
  • Part V. Future of the Future
  • (Bill) Joys of Technology: fearing the future that already is 155
  • Our Fantastic Voyage: wild ride or technological tailspin: can we tell the difference? 164.
Description
xvi, 190 p. ; 22 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. [173]-190).
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