Sandywell, B. (2006) Monsters in cyberspace: cyberphobia and cultural panic in the information age. Information, Communication and Society, 9 (1). pp. 39-61. ISSN 1369-118X
This paper explores popular attitudes toward the Internet (and computer-mediated communication more generally) by mapping some of the more threatening, transgressive and 'monstrous' images associated with cyberspace. An account of risk consciousness is developed in three parts: (1) comparisons with earlier information technologies reveals similarities and differences with regard to public attitudes toward cyberspace and its risks; (2) the development of a model of contemporary teratological space derived from images of boundary-dissolving threats, intrusive alterities and existential ambivalences created by the erosion of binary distinctions and hierarchies; and (3) possible historical and sociological explanations of cyberpanic drawing on recent theorizations of globalization (capitalism/information society theory, risk society theory, reflexive modernization theory, and alterity theory).
|Institution:||The University of York|
|Academic Units:||The University of York > Sociology (York)|
|Depositing User:||York RAE Import|
|Date Deposited:||15 May 2009 11:17|
|Last Modified:||15 May 2009 11:17|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|