In Hacking Cyberspace David J. Gunkel examines the metaphors applied to new techlogies, and how those metaphors inform, shape, and drive the implementation of the techlogy in question. The author explores the metaphorical tropes that have been employed to describe and evaluate recent advances in computer techlogy, telecommunications systems, and interactive media. Taking the stance that speech is value-neutral, Gunkel examines such metaphors as the information superhighway and the electronic frontier for their political and social content, and he develops a critical investigation that t only traces the metaphors' conceptual history, but explicates their implications and consequences for techlogical development. Through Hacking Cyberspace , David J. Gunkel develops a sophisticated understanding of new techlogy that takes into account the effect of techculture's own discursive techniques and maneuvers on the actual form of techlogical development.
David J. Gunkel is a multidisciplinary scholar, educator, and award-winning new media producer and multimedia designer. He specializes in the study of computer mediated communication, interactive media, and cyberspace. He is assistant professor of communication technology at Northern Illinois University.