Part 1 Scanning the silences: Access denied: Reading, writing and thinking about techno-literacy; Restless redundancy; Wiring God's waiting rooms: The greying of the World Wide Web; Cash for corporeality: International students and the wealth of transgression; Cultware: Constructing the matrix of internet access. Part 2 Downloading harmony: He who pays the piper must call the tune? The ultimate mix: Try before you buy? Record companies vs technology. Part 3 Uploading identity: Putting their life on(the)line: Blogging and identity; Is it all bad? Japan's internet suicide subculture; When home is away: Re-thinking the travel weblog; eBay: Marketing the real body in the virtual world; Cyber sluts: the new Victorians; The I in community: It's all about ME in gaydar's global gay diaspora. Part 4 Packet switching resistance and terrorism: Information at the speed of thought; Keeping an eye on Big Brother; Dot-com, dot-bomb: (cyber)terror on the internet; Conclusion: What do you do with the other one in a duo?
Tara Brabazon, University of Brighton, UK
...this book succeeds in raising many issues relevant to a critical understanding of Internet cultures and web 2.0....a worthwhile read for both academics and students examining digital technologies., Information, Communication & SocietyThis book presents a counter perspective to much of the hype about the Internet. It is refreshing and opens a debate that needs to occur more frequently and in more depth in many communities and spaces that engage with the Internet and society., Library ManagementIt is unusual to find writing so engaged with those marginalized from the web., The Electronic Library (Emerald Publishing)