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Adventures in Cyber-Culture

  • Reinhold KramerEmail author
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Abstract

Kramer treats cyber-culture as a signal case of postmodernity, contending that the Internet’s visual simulations—despite astounding gains in pluralism, creativity, and information—weaken memory and literacy, crowd out reasoned analysis, give only the illusion of multi-tasking, undermine human connections (not least via Facebook and texting), and place emphasis on the “now” at the expense of a full engagement with the past. Increased democracy via the Internet’s decentralized popular expressions (in phenomena such as #MeToo) has been counterbalanced by features (such as cyber-balkanization and slacktivism) that inhibit democracy. The overall effect for better and worse, Kramer argues, is the creation of a layered reality, a very postmodern development.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.English and Creative WritingBrandon UniversityBrandonCanada

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