Part of the “Longman Topics” reader series, CyberReader, Abridged Edition, explores the increasingly important role that new technologies play in society and looks at some of today's hottest topics including virtual reality, racial and sexual politics, and digital piracy.
The selections range from the scholarly to the popular and include a broad range of authors with a variety of viewpoints. In this Abridged Edition, CyberReader has been revised to fit the format of the Longman Topics series.
“Longman Topics” are brief, attractive readers on a single, complex, but compelling topic. Featuring about 30 full-length selections, these volumes are generally half the size and half the cost of standard composition readers.
- Half the size and cost of typical readers, “Longman Topics” can be used alone or paired with other texts.
- The reader is organized into five main areas: Cyberspace and Virtual Reality; Virtual Identities; Sexual-Racial Politics; Digital Piracy; and Retrospection.
- A broad range of authors with a variety of viewpoints, such as Benjamin Woolley, Timothy Leary, Sherry Turkle, and Dear Abby, is included.
- “End of Reading”questions encourage students to think critically about the selections and issues they raise.
Table of Contents
1. Cyberspace and Virtual Reality.
Benjamin Woolley, “Cyberspace.”
Michael Heim, “VR101.”
Richard Thieme, “Stalking the UFO Meme.”2. Virtual Identities.
Sherry Turkle, “Identity Crisis.”
Timoth Leary, “The Cyberpunk: Individual as Reality Pilot.”
Timoth Leary, (chart, “Evolution of Countercultures”).
Howard Rheingold, “Smart Mobs: The Power of the Mobile Many.”3. Sexual-Racial Politics.
Allucquere Rosanne Stone, “In Novel Conditions: The Cross-Dressing Psychiatrist.”
Dinty W. Moore, “The Night Thoreau Had Cybersex; Or, Once You're On, How Do You Get Off?”
Lisa Nakamura, “Race In/For Cyberspace: Identity Tourism and Racial Passing on the Internet.”
Julian Dibbell, “A Rape in Cyberspace.”4. Digital Piracy (Hackers/Crackers, Intellectual Property).
Robert S. Boynton, “The Tyranny of Copyright?”
Steve Schear, “COPYLEFT: Rethinking Intellectual Property in the Digital Age.”
Critical Art Ensemble, “Utopian Plagiarism, Hypertextuality, and Electronic Cultural Production.”
Kevin Kelly, “Where Music Will Be Coming From.”5. Retrospection.
Sherry Turkle, “Virtuality and Its Discontents.”
John Schwartz, “Sorting the Reality From the Virtual.”
Clive Thompson, “Connected Again: Questions for Kevin Mitnick.”
Dear Abby, “E-Mail Breaks Her Heart.”