Space and Cyberspace: on the enclosure of consciousness

Graham, Philip W. (2002) Space and Cyberspace: on the enclosure of consciousness. In Armitage, John & Roberts, Joanne (Eds.) Living with cyberspace: technology & society in the 21st century. Continuum International Publishing Group, London, pp. 156-164.

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In this chapter I argue that the global privatisation of elctromagnetic spectrum marks this period as historically unique. I also put forward conceptual categories for understanding the nature of an emergent cybereconomy. They correspond to classical conceptions of property, value and labour, but in no way treat these categories as singular, simple or unproblematic. From a perspective informed largely by Marx’s critique of classical political economy, I frame the creation of a global cyberspace as the enclosure, or “privatisation”, of conscious activity. I argue that a full and formally defined cyberspace, at least as it is currenty conceived of, must prefigure the eventual alienation of human social existence at its most fundamental and definitive level: consciousness.

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ID Code: 29843
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: political economy, cyberspace and cybertechnology
ISBN: 0826460364
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LINGUISTICS (200400)
Divisions: Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Deposited On: 20 Jan 2010 03:22
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2015 15:10

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