Institut zur Erforschung und Förderung österreichischer und internationaler Literaturprozesse
Knowledge Networking in Cultural Studies
Reichenau, May, 24-27, 2001
 TRANS No. 10: 
"Knowledge Networking in Cultural Studies" 
(since June 2001)

Knowledge as a Vaccine against the Information Epidemic
Alan Cherchesov (Wladikawkaz)

Any excessive optimism about the modern mass-media and the process of globalization can be easily tamed up if we only remember the history of the Internet birth. Apparently, it has three parents: the newest technologies, the arms race and the trivial democratic slogans. Besides, it can be an ideal instrument for a refined totalitarism which threatens our future not less than it inspires us by the huge possibilities for producing and spreading the most useful skills and knowledge all over the world. We also face an absolutely new type of culture which depends much more on a visual perception than on reading the books. Undoubtedly, it affects the traditional human creative imagination and thus produces some sudden problems which we are not ready to solve and sometimes even to name...

Papers held at the conference "Knowledge Networking in Cultural Studies" are published in
TRANS. Internet journal for Cultural Studies, No. 10/2001

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