jakobsson 2006 excerpts

According to Sterling (1993) it was John Perry Barlow who first adopted Gibson’s concept for use of all kinds of perceived technological spaces. Barlow stated that cyberspace “is where you are when you’re talking on the telephone” (Rucker, Sirius, and Queen 1993). Featherstone and Burrows (1995) differentiate between Gibsonian cyberspace and Barlowian cyberspace but, as is evident in the following quote, Gibson himself seems to have adopted Barlow’s definition. “I think in a very real sense cyberspace is the place where a long distance telephone call takes place” (Josefsson 1995). (↵Jakobson 2006: 25)

Featherstone, Mike and Roger Burrows. 1995. Cultures of technological embodiment: An introduction. In Mike Featherstone and Roger Burrows (eds.), Cyberspace, cyberbodies, cyberpunk: Cultures of technological embodiment. London: Sage Publications.

Josefsson, Dan. 1995. I dont even have a modem, interview with William Gibson. (last visited 19-09-05)

Rucker, Randy, R.U. Sirius, and Mu Queen. 1993. Mondo 2000 : A user’s guide to the new edge. London: Thames and Hudson.

Sterling, Bruce. 1993. The hacker crackdown: Law and disorder on the electronic frontier. New York: Bantam.