The content of this volume reflects theoretical and practical discussions on cultural issues influenced by increased adoption of information and communication technologies. The penetration of new forms of communication, such as online social networking, internet video-casting, and massive online multiplayer gaming; the experience and exploration of virtual worlds; and the massive adoption of ever-emergent ICT technologies; are all developments in desperate need of serious examination. It is not surprising that these new realities, and the questions and issues to which they give rise, have drawn increasing attention from academics. Those engaging these issues do so from a wide range of academic fields. Accordingly, the authors contributing to this volume represent an impressive array of academic disciplines and varied perspectives, including philosophy, sociology, religion, anthropology, digital humanities, literature studies, film science, new media studies and still others. Thus, the subsequent chapters offer the reader a multidimensional examination of this volume's unifying theme: the ways and extent to which current and anticipated cybernetic environments have altered, and will continue to shape, our understandings of what it means to be human.
Daniel Riha, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. His research includes issues on Serious Games, Interactive Documentary Production and Multi-User Virtual Environments Design. He is as well an award winning artist - Kunst am Bau (Art on Construction) International Art Competition, Constance, Germany.
Daniel Riha: Introduction Critical Philosophies Imre Bard: The Doubtful Chances of Choice Tamar Sharon: Technoscience and Schizophrenia: The Technological Production of Nature and Biology under Control Leighton Evans: A Phenomenological Analysis of Social Networking Cyber-Identity Melissa de Zwart and David Lindsay: My Self, My Avatar, My Rights? Avatar Identity in Social Virtual Worlds Jordan J. Copeland: Too Faced? Reconsidering Friendship in the Digital Age Ewan Kirkland: Experiences of Embodiment and Subjectivity in Haunting Ground Virtual Environments and Academia Peter Ludes: Trans-Generational Dialogues: Social Sciences as Multimedia Games Daniel Riha: Interactive 3-D Documentary as Serious Videogame Anna Maj and Michal Derda-Nowakowski: Ecosystem of Knowledge: Strategies, Rituals and Metaphors in Networked Communication Cyberpunk Literature and Film Katherine Harrison: Gender Resistance: Interrogating the `Punk' in Cyberpunk Laura Schuster: What Does a Scanner See? Techno-Fascination and Unreliability in the Mind-Game Film Michael J. Klein: Modern Myths: Science Fiction in the Age of Technology Merger of Cyberspace and Art Elizabeth Borst: `Cyborg Art' as a Critical Sphere of Inquiry into Increasing Corporeal Human-Technology Merger Zeynep Gunduz: Digital Dance: Encounters between Media Technologies and the Dancing Body