DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF CYBERIA PDF

Buy Cyberiaon Powells. A lot has happened in the year or so since I wrote this book. More than usually happens in a year. Thanks to technologies like the computer, the modem, interactive media, and the Internet, we no longer depend on printed matter or word of mouth to explore the latest rages, innovations, or discoveries.

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Buy Cyberiaon Powells. A lot has happened in the year or so since I wrote this book. More than usually happens in a year. Thanks to technologies like the computer, the modem, interactive media, and the Internet, we no longer depend on printed matter or word of mouth to explore the latest rages, innovations, or discoveries.

Cyberia is about a very special moment in our recent history — a moment when anything seemed possible. When an entire subculture — like a kid at a rave trying virtual reality for the first time — saw the wild potentials of marrying the latest computer technologies with the most intimately held dreams and the most ancient spiritual truths.

But it is a moment that foresaw a whole lot more. Looking back, it is surprising to see how many of these then-absurd notions have become accepted truths, and disheartening to see how many of the most optimistic appraisals of our future are still very far from being realized. Cyberia follows the lives and translates the experiences of the first few people who realized that our culture was about to take a leap into the unknown. Some of them have succeeded beyond their wildest expectations and are now practically household names.

Others have met with catastrophe. Still others have simply faded from view, their own contributions to the cyberian renaissance already completed. The people in this book, and thousands of others like them around the world, understand the implications of our technologies on our culture, thought systems, spiritual beliefs, and even our biological evolution. As we draw ever nearer to the consensually hallucinatory reality for which these cyberians drew the blueprints, their impressions of life on the edge become even more relevant for the rest of us.

And they make more sense. In fact, many of the ingredients hark back to the Berkeley scene of nearly three decades ago: the text is full of references to acid trips, pagan rituals, and Grateful Dead concerts, and even Timothy Leary puts in an appearance at a virtual reality demonstration. The most significant new element in the mix is the computer— especially when used to connect with other computer users around the world.

Rushkoff interviews authors, drug dealers, musicians, and hackers; watches two electronic outlaws stealing ATM codes; joins a role-playing game in which he acts the part of a thief; and talks to eco-terrorists and cultists about their beliefs. A provocative, wide-ranging survey of the current state of the interface between the longings of youth and the wild potentials of computer technology.

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Cyberia is a book by Douglas Rushkoff , published in The book discusses many different ideas revolving around technology, drugs and subcultures. The book goes with Rushkoff as he discusses topics ranging from online culture , the concept of a global brain as put forth in Gaia theory , and Neoshamanism. In the preface of the edition, Rushkoff describes his book as "a very special moment in our recent history — a moment when anything seemed possible.

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