Dr. Starrs is an associate professor of geography at the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada 89557–0048.
THE SACRED, THE REGIONAL, AND THE DIGITAL*
Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
1997 American Geographical Society
Volume 87, Issue 2, pages 193–218, April 1997
How to Cite
STARRS, P. F. (1997), THE SACRED, THE REGIONAL, AND THE DIGITAL. Geographical Review, 87: 193–218. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.1997.tb00071.x
Contributions from Lynn Huntsinger and Julie Anderson were crucial to the evolution of this essay.
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
ABSTRACT. As an information economy and a cultural hallmark, cyberspace belies traditional boundaries yet involves a distinctive territory, citizenry, literature, technology, capital and finance, ritual, weapons and belligerencies, a recognizable past, and variegated if unspecified futures. Not easily quantified is the geography of so elusive and placeless an entity, and its technology has been variously portrayed as utopian, liberating, elitist, or enslaving; in it are brought to life strains of technological determinism. Maps of cyberspace can be forged only with utmost difficulty, and it is best beloved and imagined in dense cyberpunk fiction. Part sacred space, part ethereal region, part digital fact, cyberspace involves a regional geography perhaps best captured in a koan: What is the place where everyone is but nobody lives?