Article | Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007 | The Immensity within the Minute: Forging Digital Space

Title:
The Immensity within the Minute: Forging Digital Space
Author:
Sheenagh Pietrobruno: Department of English, Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey
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Year:
2007
Conference:
Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007
Issue:
025
Article no.:
053
Pages:
501-508
No. of pages:
8
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2007-11-27
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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The Internet is shaped through metaphors into spaces that have their counterparts in the “real” world such as the global city; superhighway or library. Although the generation of online space can be produced by lived embodied practices as users download or upload videos; read and write texts and create and view images; the production of space in this context is primarily phenomenological; produced through the imagination of its users. This paper argues that the Internet resembles the “real” world yet in miniature. A key facet of miniaturization applied to the creation of virtual space is that enclosed within the tiny is the immense. Consequently; by virtue of the imagination of its users; the boundary between large and small dissolves: contained within the miniature controlled world of a computer screen is a vast sphere of seemingly endless possibility. This research builds upon a central concern in cyberculture studies of whether the Internet is a locus of control or freedom; while incorporating an array of fields and disciplines beyond media studies namely philosophy; literary theory; cultural theory and linguistics.

Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Sheenagh Pietrobruno
Title:
The Immensity within the Minute: Forging Digital Space
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Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Sheenagh Pietrobruno
Title:
The Immensity within the Minute: Forging Digital Space
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