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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 10/30/2014)