[Air-l] The Cyberculture Canon

Matthew Jason Eliot mjeliot at u.washington.edu
Thu Jun 12 10:17:13 PDT 2003

Thanks to everyone who responded to my question about cyberculture
anthologies. In case you wanted a summary, I've attached my responses below.
As the cyberculture field develops toward being a discipline, thoughts of a
disciplinary canon are perhaps inevitable.

I am curoisu to what people feel/think about the list. Too broad? Needs to
be stratified? I'm doing an analysis of this literature as a group and am
intersted in your opinions...


Matt Eliot
Doc Student
Technical Communication
University of Washington

Here are the 20 anthologies that folks on this list suggested as being
central to or defining of the field:

1) Communication and Cyberspace: Social Interaction in an Electronic
Environment, edited by Lance Strate, Ron L. Jacobson, and Stephanie Gibson.
(Hampton Press, 2003).

2) Communities in Cyberspace, edited by Marc Smith and Peter Kollock
(Routledge, 1997).

3) Computers and Technical Communication, edited by Stuart Selber.
(Ablex/ATTW Studies in Technical Communication, 1997).

4) Cultures of Internet: Virtual Spaces, Real Histories, Living Bodies,
edited by Rob Shields. (Sage, 1996).

5) The Cybercultures Reader, edited by David Bell and Barbara M. Kennedy.
(Routledge, 2000).

6) CyberSociety: Computer-Mediated Communication & Community, edited by
Steven Jones. (Sage, 1995).

7) CyberSociety 2.0: Revisiting CMC and Community, edited by Steven Jones.
(Sage, 1998).

8) Cyberspace, First Steps, edited by Michael Benedikt. (MIT Press, 1991).

9) Electronic Literacies in the Workplace, edited by Patricia Sullivan &
Jennie Dautermann. (NCTE and Computers and Composition, 1996).

10) Global Literacies and the World Wide Web, edited by Gail Hawisher and
Cynthia Selfe. (Routledge, 1999)

11) High Wired: On the Design, Use, and Theory of Educational MOOs, edited
by Cynthia Haynes and Jan Rune Holmevik. (University of Michigan Press,

12) Internet Culture, edited by David Porter. (Routledge, 1997).

13) The New Media Reader, edited by Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Nick Montfort.
(MIT Press, 2003).

14) Processed Lives: Gender and Technology in Everyday Life, edited by
Jennifer Terry and Melodie Calvert. (Routledge, 1997).

15) Race in Cyberspace, edited by Beth Kolko, Lisa Nakamura and Gil Rodman.
(Routledge, 2000).

16) Reading Digital Culture, edited by David Trend. (Blackwell, 2001).

17) Resisting the Virtual Life: The Culture and Politics of Information,
edited by James Brook and Ian Boa. (City Lights Press, 1995).

18) Virtual Culture: Identity and Communication in Cybersociety, edited by
Steven Jones. (Sage,1997).

19) Wired Women: Gender and New Realities in Cyberspace, edited by Lynn
Cherny and Elizabeth Reba Weise. (Seal Press, 1996).

20) The World Wide Web and Contemporary Cultural Theory, edited by Andrew
Herman and Thomas Swiss. (Routledge, 2000).

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