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Flame Wars The Discourse of CybercultureFlame Wars the verbal firefights that take place between disembodied combatants on electronic bulletin boards remind us that our interaction with the world is increasingly mediated by computers Bit by digital bit we are being Borged as devotees of Star Trek The Next Generation would have it transformed into cyborgian hybrids of technology and biology through our ever freuent interaction with machines or with one another through technological interfaces The subcultural practices of the incurably informed to borrow the cyberpunk novelist Pat Cadigan’s coinage offer a precognitive glimpse of mainstream culture in the near future when many o.
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F us will be part time residents in virtual communities Yet as the essays in this expanded edition of a special issue of the South Atlantic uarterly confirm there is to fringe computer culture than cyberspace Within these pages readers will encounter flame warriors; new age mutant ninja hackers; technopagans for whom the computer is an occult engine; and William Gibson’s Agrippa a short story on software that can only be read once because it gobbles itself up as soon as the last page is reached Here too is Lady El an African American cleaning woman reincarnated as an all powerful cyborg; devotees of on line swinging or compu sex; the tel.
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Read À Flame Wars The Discourse of Cyberculture 105 » Flame Wars the verbal firefights that take place between disembodied combatants on electronic bulletin boards remind us that our interaction with the world is increasingly mediated by computers Bit by digital bit we are being Borged as devotees of Star Trek The Next GenerationEoperated weaponry and amok robots of the mechanical performance art group Survival Research Laboratories; an interview with Samuel Delany and Rallying around Fredric Jameson’s call for a cognitive cartography that seeks to endow the individual subject with some new heightened sense of place in the global system the contributors to Flame Wars have sketched a corner of that map an outline for a wiring diagram of a terminally wired world Contributors Anne Balsamo Gareth Branwyn Scott Bukatman Pat Cadigan Gary Chapman Erik Davis Manuel De Landa Mark Dery Julian Dibbell Marc Laidlaw Mark Pauline Peter Schwenger Vivian Sobchack Claudia Spring.