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Myth and Cyberspace

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Mosco, V. (2005). Myth and Cyberspace. In Mosco, V. The Digital Sublime: Myth, Power, and Cyberspace. MIT Press, pp. 17-54

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[...] But myths are more than fabrications of the truth. [...] myths are stories that help people deal with contradictions in social life that ca never be fully resolved. They are one response to the inevitable failure of our minds to overcome their cognitive or categorical limits to understanding the world. [...]

citing Levi-Strauss

—p.28 by Vincent Mosco 3 years, 2 months ago

[...] But myths are more than fabrications of the truth. [...] myths are stories that help people deal with contradictions in social life that ca never be fully resolved. They are one response to the inevitable failure of our minds to overcome their cognitive or categorical limits to understanding the world. [...]

citing Levi-Strauss

—p.28 by Vincent Mosco 3 years, 2 months ago
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'Myth' is not merely an anthropological term that one might equate with human values. It is also a political term that inflects human values with ideology. By denying the fullness of the political, myth naturalizes its narrative and raises it to the level of a near impregnable fortress unassailable by ordinary mortals. Myths are what is and there is not much that can be done about them. [...]

i just like the way this is written

—p.30 by Vincent Mosco 3 years, 2 months ago

'Myth' is not merely an anthropological term that one might equate with human values. It is also a political term that inflects human values with ideology. By denying the fullness of the political, myth naturalizes its narrative and raises it to the level of a near impregnable fortress unassailable by ordinary mortals. Myths are what is and there is not much that can be done about them. [...]

i just like the way this is written

—p.30 by Vincent Mosco 3 years, 2 months ago

ambiguous; occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold

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there is also another side to liminality: the sense of power and possibility that comes with the release from custom and the loosening of traditional ties

—p.32 by Vincent Mosco
notable
3 years, 2 months ago

there is also another side to liminality: the sense of power and possibility that comes with the release from custom and the loosening of traditional ties

—p.32 by Vincent Mosco
notable
3 years, 2 months ago
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We live in a liminal state that breeds uncertainty and therefore numerous myths that offer certain remedies or just a road ahead

—p.32 by Vincent Mosco
notable
3 years, 2 months ago

We live in a liminal state that breeds uncertainty and therefore numerous myths that offer certain remedies or just a road ahead

—p.32 by Vincent Mosco
notable
3 years, 2 months ago
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Government plays an enormous role in manufacturing cyberspace magic because much of its legitimacy today is based on identification with this future wave. This is certainly understandable. The transfer of power from government to the private sector in the last 30 or so years and the spread of free trade, deregulation, and the creation of global trading blocs administered by private-sector-controlled bodies has diminished the authority of national governments substantially. [...] One of the few areas left for it to establish a genuine, universally recognized allure is with the new technology. [...]

—p.43 by Vincent Mosco 3 years, 4 months ago

Government plays an enormous role in manufacturing cyberspace magic because much of its legitimacy today is based on identification with this future wave. This is certainly understandable. The transfer of power from government to the private sector in the last 30 or so years and the spread of free trade, deregulation, and the creation of global trading blocs administered by private-sector-controlled bodies has diminished the authority of national governments substantially. [...] One of the few areas left for it to establish a genuine, universally recognized allure is with the new technology. [...]

—p.43 by Vincent Mosco 3 years, 4 months ago