The Internet: A Philosophical Inquiry

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Computers - 179 pages
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The Internet: A Philosophical Inquiry develops many of the themes Gordon Graham presented in his highly successful radio series, The Silicon Society. Exploring the tensions between the warnings of the Neo-Luddites and the bright optimism of the Technophiles, Graham offers the first concise and accessible exploration of the issues which arise as we enter further into the world of Cyberspace.
This original and fascinating study takes us to the heart of questions that none of us can afford to ignore: how does the Internet affect our concepts of identity, moral anarchy, censorship, community, democracy, virtual reality and imagination?
Free of jargon and full of stimulating ideas, this is essential reading for anyone wishing to think clearly and informatively about the complexities of our technological future.
  

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Contents

NeoLuddites versus Technophiles
6
assessing the value
39
The Internet as democracy
62
The Internet as anarchy
84
Policing the Internet
103
New communities
128
the future of cyberspace
151
Virtual as a kind of reality
158
Index
174
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Gordon Graham is the editor of "Logos. "He served as vice president of McGraw Hill's book business in Europe and the Middle East, and later became chairman and chief executive of Butterworth's Publishers, a post he held from 1974 to 1990.

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