emerging cyber-selves

A self emerges in the process of interaction. Important to this process are both symbolic meanings and the structure of interaction. That is, meaning and the form of interaction are symbiotically wed in the process of communication. In this process, a sense of self is constructed, maintained, and transformed. Hence, any investigation of self necessitates examination of both meaning and form ..
.. On-line interaction is situated in “virtual space” – a socially constructed context that cannot be explained or reduced to its technological components alone, nor can it be readily described using the same terms of physicality widely implemented in the world of matter….
excerpt from: Cyberself: The Emergence of Self in On-Line Chat, DENNIS WASKUL, MARK DOUGLASS, 1998
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