New Criticals

In the early 90s, when cyberutopians speculated on the coming technologies, whether it be virtual reality or the internet-to-come, many wondered whether these virtual worlds would overturn the ‘real’ one, or would distract people from pressing issues suffered by the ‘unconnected’ majority. People feared increased atomisation and alienation. Clearly these possibilities still remain, and the internet remains contested territory, a site for surveillance and personal attack as well as a place to collectively organise and learn. Internet feminism has opened up modes of interpretive experience that were previously obscured or partial for many: I include myself in this grand pedagogical experiment. Long may it continue, and those who seek to stop it will not succeed: feminist information, you could say, wants to be free.