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Authors:Sheenagh Pietrobruno: Department of English, Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey
Publication title:The Immensity within the Minute: Forging Digital Space
Conference:Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11–13 June 2007
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Article No.:053
Abstract: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.
No. of pages:8
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

Sheenagh Pietrobruno (2007). The Immensity within the Minute: Forging Digital Space, Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11–13 June 2007;article=053 (accessed 9/20/2014)