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What is cyberculture? Cyberculture refers to the cultures of on-line communities, and it includes cultural issues relating to other "cyber areas" like cybernetics and digital revolution. Cyberculture includes associated artistic and cultural movements, such as cyberpunk and transhumanism. The term "cyberculture" was first used in 1963, when Alice Mary Hilton wrote, "In the era of cyberculture, all the plows pull themselves and the fried chickens fly right onto our plates." Cyberculture or Internet Culture is the new term for culture as we know. Cyberculture arises from computer and Internet technologies. Cyberculture is shaped by the pervasive and invasive social media, computer-related hobbies, art, and language terms.



Is cyberculture different from culture?


Cybercultures reflects the commercialization of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Culture that has emerged from the use of computer networks for communication, entertainment, and business is called cyberculture. We see cyberculture in social interaction, in chatroom communication and in video-conferencing. Cyberculture is an emerging culture.


Cybersociology is the study of cyberculture and various social phenomena associated with the Internet and other new forms of the network communication. Students of Cyberspace-cybersociology study political, philosophical, sociological, and psychological issues thrown up by the networked interaction of human beings.


Cyberculture appropriates heavily from other subcultures, like cyberpunks. The prefix "cyber" refers to information, and we live in an information society. Globalization comes with more profound effects on cultures in oriental settings where people have to face the challenges of employing the new communication gadgets in languages that are often foreign to them. Culturenetworks have become cyberculturenetworks from the use of computer networks for communication, video communication, entertainment, and business.


Cyberpunks are people using technology and information in ways that deviate from the expected href="norms.htm"norms, mores and laws of society. Transhumanism is a philosophy that humanity can strive to higher levels, physically, mentally and socially. Internet has changed individuals and cultures and is now spreading cyberculture. Cyberculture includes online interactions, digital discourses, digital access and digital denial, which we now refer to as discomgoogolation, and their interdependencies. Cyborgs are the mascots of cyberculture.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Virtual Community Discourse and the Dilemma of Modernity - Sorin Adam Matei.
Abstract: This article analyzes postings to the WELL conferences and the online groups that served as incubators and testing ground for the term "virtual community," revealing how this concept was culturally shaped by the countercultural ideals of WELL users and how the tension between individualism and communitarianism ideals was dealt with. The overarching conclusion is that virtual communities act both as solvent and glue in modern society, being similar to the "small group" movement.

is a book by Pierre Levy, Publisher: Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Pierre Levy's Cyberculture is a guide to the cultural and philosophical aspects of the digital age, and also the theoretical issues of cyberculture.


Syllabus - Cyberculture: A Sociological Analysis for Educator

Professor Robert Runt.
The topics include Cyber Culture: Is There A CyberCulture?, CyberCulture And Individual Identity, CyberCulture And Canadian Identity, CyberCulture And Society.


From Counterculture to Cyberculture - Fred Turner
Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism
In the early 1960s, computers haunted the American popular imagination.
From Counterculture to Cyberculture is the first book to explore this extraordinary and ironic transformation. Thanks to their vision, counterculturalists and technologists alike joined together to reimagine computers as tools for personal liberation, the building of virtual and decidedly alternative communities, and the exploration of bold new social frontiers.


Chaos and CyberCulture
20th Anniversary Edition by Timothy Leary.
The first fun and scientific analysis of cyberculture ever written.


Cyberculture, symbiosis, and syncretism
Luís Moniz Pereira.
Abstract: The impact of Cyberculture, of digital devices on young people as extensions of the body, can be seen in terms of the decreasing structuring of thoughts and information, increasing impulsivity in perception and action, and the development of more primitive defense mechanisms.