By Karl Spracklen

Spracklen explores the effect of the net on rest and relaxation stories, interpreting the ways that electronic rest areas and actions became a part of daily rest. protecting a variety of matters from social media and file-sharing to romance on the net, this ebook provides new theoretical instructions for electronic relaxation.

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Be that as it may, the opportunities for illegal down-loading provided by the web illustrate the difficulties involved in trying to separate net bandits from active consumers. Hitherto, intellectual property has been recognized at the point of sale and confined to the individual value asserted by the copyright holder and assigned to the consumer. A clear division between producers and consumers has been acknowledged. New technologies problematize this dichotomy by making intellectual property an open text and inducing or encouraging consumers to be active.

It is something that dissolves structures and identities, giving people enormous potential for self-actualization, play and social connectedness. Ultimately, it is a postmodern form of utopia that has positive moral potential for users, though Miah also warns that the Net’s transformative value may be threatened by lack of access and knowledge. The ‘giddiness’ of Miah’s account of the Net is picked up two years later in a paper by Ryan (2002). Like other work of the time, Ryan (2002) is fascinated by Donna Haraway’s (1991) claims that humans and machines were hybridizing to form cyborgs.

There were bulletin boards for academic subject fields and disciplines, and ones for people who believed in UFOs and Bigfoot (Lewenstein, 1995). The dominant ethos was freedom of choice, communicative rationality and tolerance of others. In these spaces, the democratic rules of Net discussions were established, with an intolerance shown towards those who break those rules (for being racist or sexist, for example, or for being a troll), and much of the language of the Net was also invented in the bulletin boards (Arora, 2014; Mahoney and Haigh, 2011).

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