Mimesis of What? "Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual History" by Darren Tofts, Annemarie Jonson and Alessio Cavallaro (eds). [review]
Many people regard cyberculture as the territory of boffins, sci-fi enthusiasts and 'itinerant wanderers', and inescapably limited to computer technology. However, the term is also applied to a field of research, one that has always been interdisciplinary: traversing philosophy, mathematics, physiology, biology, linguistics, cognitive sciences, physics and sociology. "Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual History" exemplifies this cross-disciplinary approach. The notion of using seminal texts as a spring-board, advanced by Alessio Cavallaro five years ago, ensures that the discussions are anchored for the new media novice, promotes a unique elucidation for the scholarly, but, more importantly, demonstrates how cyberculture was anticipated before the new technology.