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Connected, or What It Means to Live in the Network Society

Steven Shaviro
Volume: 9
Copyright Date: 2003
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 312
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    Connected, or What It Means to Live in the Network Society
    Book Description:

    Connected is made up of a series of mini-essays—on cyberpunk, hip-hop, film noir, Web surfing, greed, electronic surveillance, pervasive multimedia, psychedelic drugs, artificial intelligence, and evolutionary psychology, among other topics. In this breathtaking work, Steven Shaviro investigates popular culture, new technologies, political change, and community disruption and concludes that science fiction and social reality have become virtually indistinguishable.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-9601-7
    Subjects: Technology

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface
    (pp. ix-xii)
  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  5. Connected, or What It Means to Live in the Network Society
    (pp. 1-250)

    Only Connect. The wordconnectis an obscenity in the world of K. W. Jeter’s science fiction novelNoir. People are always saying things like “connect you, mother-connector” (27) or “connect that” (192) or “get the connect outta here” (200). In short, if you’re connected, you’re fucked. Reach out and touch someone? It’s the worst thing that could happen to you. Every connection has its price; the one thing you can be sure of is that, sooner or later, you will have to pay. The big problem today, we are told, is how to get everybody connected, how to get...

  6. Notes
    (pp. 251-262)
  7. Bibliography
    (pp. 263-278)
  8. Filmography
    (pp. 279-280)
  9. Index
    (pp. 281-289)
  10. Back Matter
    (pp. 290-290)