Rape and the Memex

Johnson, Laurie (2008) Rape and the Memex. Refractory: a Journal of Entertainment Media, 13. ISSN 1447-4905


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This essay tracks conflicting messages of embodiment and symbolic exchange in the infamous “Mr. Bungle” affair in which a chatroom avatar was forcibly removed from the participant’s control. I argue that many scholarly treatments recapitulate a binary of real and virtual space in order to evaluate the event according to broader social norms, rather than attending to its specific material context. A discussion of the history of the internet and Vannevar Bush’s ‘memex’ authorises a more nuanced reading of the metaphor of rape in terms of systematised memory and narrativity.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2008 04:03
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: internet, cyberspace, cyber rape, bungle affair, Julian Dibbell, Vannevar Bush, memex, narrative
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220310 Phenomenology
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220103 Ethical Use of New Technology (e.g. Nanotechnology, Biotechnology)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200203 Consumption and Everyday Life
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4259

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