Cyberspace Interests

My interests in cyberspace and the net are wide and varied.
I teach a module which covers issues as diverse as cyber pschology,cyber sociology, chatrooma and online interaction (email and messengers), censorship, control of internet issues and cyber identies.
This new medium is fasinating to both academics and the general public. The topic CMC (computor mediated Communication ) changes so fast is hard to keep up!
Its interesting that 4 years ago students submitted very little work on this section of the course, the numbers are growing quickly!
The media tends to cover the darker side of the internet ,mainly pornography and violence, hate groups and child abusers, the questions we have to ask is whats really going on behind the headlines.
As a social scientist its important to get to somewhere near the truth and cyber research, or research into cyberspace (I am conducting my own at present) is important in this area.Its not an easy task, the methods used consist of online questionnaires (see my attitude survey below) or ethnographic studies. where the individual takes part in chat etc to discover what is really happening.(see the cybersociology online magazine below)
So explore some of these great sites and enjoy yourself.

Cyberlinks/General Links

Cybersociology Magazine
Cyberspace Links. Great Page
Articles and Essays on the Internet
Howard Rheingold
Psychology of Cyberspace
An Introduction to MUDs and MOOs
Netiquette Home Page
Anthropology on the Internet:A Review and Evaluation of Networked Resources.By Brian Schwimmer Department of Anthropology, University of Manitoba.
Hypertext structures and ethnographic comparison as implemented in "Kinship and Social Organization: An Interactive Tutorial"By Brian Schwimmer Department of Anthropology, University of Manitoba.
Theoretical Sources in IT
William Gibson's Official Website: Yardshow
William Gibson interview
"William Gibson Bibliography / Mediagraphy"
A great Gibson site by Sami Nieminen (aka "The Finn")

Censorship Links

HotWired Special Report
Our Struggle Against Censorship
Blue Ribbon Campaign
Internet Censorship is Absurd and Unconstitutional: Links to Related Sites
CACI: Children Accessing Controversial Information
Debate continues to heat up over sex on the Net
Child Safety on the Internet
Cyberporn Debate, The
Censorship on the Internet
The Indecency Page
Know Your Enemies
Moral Crusade
National Campaign for Freedom of Expression
The File Room Publication
Censorship on the Internet
Internet Censorship
Net Censorship by Countries
Campaign Against Censorship of the Internet in Britain
bad thingPolicing the Internet.
JILT - Policing the Internet (Contents)Policing the Internet. Reviewed by Yaman Akdeniz.

Cyber Identities Links

Syllabus: Identity and Internet
Identity and the InternetBy Professor Sherry Turkle
Human Identity Part 1: Who Are You?
Do Boys Just Wanna Have Fun? Male Gender-Switching in Cyberspace

Cybersex Links

This is a link to articles which are Academic discussions of cybersex.Thrill seekers will need to search elsewhere!! Cybersex links from "GOING DUTCH"


Conceptual Blending on the Information Highway: How do Metaphorical Inferences Work?Tim Rohrer
Metaphors We Compute By: Bringing Magic into Interface DesignTim Rohrer
Metaphors along the Information HighwayMark S. Ackerman
The Network Nation Revisited
Netizens: On the History and Impact of Usenet and the InternetM and R Hauben
Managing the Virtual Commons: Cooperation and Conflict in Computer CommunitiesP.Kollock et al
Electronic Democracy ToolkitH Reingold
PLATO: The Emergence of On-Line CommunityDavid Woolley
Heim (1995) The Nerd in the Noosphere
MERIT Net Ethics
MERIT Netiquette
Meyer & Thomas (1990) Post Modernist Interpretation of the Computer Underground
North, (1995) The Culture of the Internet and Usenet
Omni What is a geek?
Dumit (1992) Technoculture
Harnad Can people loose themselves on the network?
Jamison (1994) Contradictory Spaces: Pleasure and the seduction of cyborg discourse.
Sex, Lies, and Avatars (Pamela McCorduck, WIRED)
The Desire to Be Wired
Constructions of Self in Virtual Reality
Rheingold Mind to Mind
Brody (1996) Session with the Cybershrink
Syllabus: Gender, Technology, and Computer Culture
Syllabus: Psychology and Technology
Coppock Changing Textual Norms Through Cooperation in Distributed Virtual Environments
Epperson (1994) Patterns of Social Behavior in CMC
Gender & Technology in Canadian Women's HistoryM.Gerein
Encouraging CybercultureR.Clarke
Digital Media: Hypertext, Cybernetics, Cyborgs and Virtual RealitiesK.Tonella
"Cybertheory": Mapping the Multimedia Terrain of Postmodern SocietyJ.S. Epstein et al.
Communities On-line: Community-Based Computer NetworksA.Beamish
Escape To Cyberia: Subcultures as Agents of Change
City of BitsW.J.Mitchell
Reid (1991) Internet Culture Research

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Just for fun:
Japanese computer Haikus
In Japan, they have replaced the impersonal and unhelpful Microsoft
error messages with Haiku poetry messages. Haiku poetry has strict
construction rules. Each poem has only three lines, 17 syllables:
five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, five in the
third. Haikus are used to communicate a timeless message, often
achieving a wistful, yearning and powerful insight through extreme
brevity - the essence of Zen.
Your file was so big.
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.
The Web site you seek
Cannot be located, but
Countless more exist.
Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.
Program aborting:
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask far too much.
Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.
Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.
First snow, then silence.
This thousand-dollar screen dies
So beautifully.
With searching comes loss
And the presence of absence:
"My Novel" not found.
The Tao that is seen
Is not the true Tao-until
You bring fresh toner.
Stay the patient course.
Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down.
A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.
Three things are certain:
Death, taxes, and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.
You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
This page is not here.
Out of memory.
We wish to hold the whole sky,
But we never will.
Having been erased,
The document you're seeking
Must now be retyped.
Serious error.
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen. Mind. Both are blank