The Cyberspace Handbook

The Cyberspace Handbook

The Cyberspace Handbook

The Cyberspace Handbook


The Cyberspace Handbook is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of new media, information technologies and the internet. It gives an overview of the economic, political, social and cultural contexts of cyberspace, and provides practical advice on using new technologies for research, communication and publication. The Cyberspace Handbook includes:*a glossary of over eighty key terms*a list of over ninety web resources for news and entertainment, new media and web development, education and reference, and internet and web information* specialist chapters on web design and journalism and writing on the web*Ooer thirty illustrations of internet material and software applications.Jason Whittaker explores how cyberspace has been constructed, how it is used and extends into areas as different as providing us immediate news or immersive games and virtual technologies for areas such as copyright and cybercrime, as well as key skills in employing the internet for research or writing and designing for the Web.


This book is intended as a course book for students of new media on the relatively recent expansion of IT and telecommunications-related phenomena which can be gathered together under the heading of cyberspace. That heading provides, in many respects, a flag of convenience, but one that also allows us to sail to many ports. As such, it is my hope that this book will provide resources for students and readers interested in the technologies, sociology, business and cultural study of cyberspace, the Internet and information technologies in general.

The book is arranged into four main parts. Part I, ‘Introduction and contexts’, begins by attempting to define what is meant by cyberspace, as well as to delineate in broad terms its main components. In Part II, ‘Using cyberspace’, the reader will find some information on gaining practical benefits from the Internet in particular, as well as more detailed explanations of the technologies that have driven cyberspace forward. Part III, ‘Reading/writing cyberspace’, concentrates on some of the features of new technologies that are particularly pertinent to students engaged in media research (in the widest sense), including new forms of journalism, researching the Internet itself and an introduction to Web design. Finally, in Part IV, ‘Regulations, institutions and ethics’, The Cyberspace Handbook concerns itself with some of the wider social and ethical implications of new technologies.

I first became involved with those new technologies on a professional level in the early 1990s, catching the crest of a wave that saw almost limitless potential in what—with hindsight—we can see was part of the dotcom bubble. While the hype of the late 1990s has often turned to gloom, however, it would be better to distinguish the dire effects of greed caused by dotcom mania as opposed to the more realistic potential offered by information technologies and telecommunications. I hope that this book will serve to provide readers with a stronger and more realistic base from which to appraise the effects and impact of cyberspace in all its forms.

Links to resources and sites mentioned in the text of this book may also be viewed at the companion website for this book at . . .

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