The Rise and Fall of Cyberspace

Like other efforts at utopian escape from the modern world, the idea of cyberspace had only served to underscore the problems it was intended to overcome.

Lecture Description

Whatever happened to cyberspace? This lecture reconstructs the utopian languages that accompanied the rise of the internet in the 1980s and 1990s, as writers and social theorists envisioned its potential as a world free of bodily, material, and legal constraints. It then charts the collapse of those visions early in the new millennium, amid the rise of social media, surveillance mechanisms, and emerging concerns that new media forms were fostering social discord rather than community.


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