Mapping Notions of Cyberspace: Optimism, Skepticism, and the Issues of Identity and Spirituality
This is a literature survey on concepts of the Internet and cyberspace and their influence, both on society at large and at the individual level. On society, it discusses the optimistic and skeptic views on the impact of the Internet. At the personal level, it discusses issues of self and identity, and spirituality and religiosity. Except for spirituality and religiosity issues of the Internet, this work chose one author to represent each category: Howard Rheingold for the optimistic view, Clifford Stoll for the skeptic view, and Sherry Turkle for the issues of self and identity. The author's critiques on those notions are offered in the last chapter. The author argues that the diversity of notions on the Internet can be put in a broader historical and social context. These notions reflect the ever-present questions about the relationship between human and its technologies.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:internet based communications virtual community cyberspirituality identity technologies
Date of Publication:01/01/2005