From Cyber Space to Cybernetic Space: Rethinking the Relationship between Real and Virtual Spaces

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  • Ananda Mitra,

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    1. Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. His research focuses on exploring the ways in which new technologies have transformed the concepts of community, voice, space and time in contemporary society. His research has been published in journals such as Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, and New Media and Society. Mitra's other research focuses on the intercultural implications of the Internet, with particular interest in the Indian sub-continent.
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  • Rae Lynn Schwartz

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    1. Graduate student in the Department of Communication at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. She is working towards her MA in Communication and also serves as one of the Assistant Debate Coaches for the University's debate team.
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Abstract

The interaction between real and virtual spaces can be reconceptualized by mobilizing the notion of cybernetic space to signify the relationship between spaces, culture and identity in the synthetic space we tend to live in. The new metaphor can allow for a holistic examination of the Internet in popular culture.

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