Atlas of Cyberspace (英語) ハードカバー – 2001/10/4
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The fledgling field of cybergeography seeks to provide a visual "big picture" of the shape-shifting entity that is the Internet, giving people a sense of space that is difficult to grasp by navigation alone. Dodge (University College, London) and Kitchin (National U. of Ireland), who also wrote Mapping cyberspace , spent five years collating maps and research papers and interviewing the maps' creators to produce this first, comprehensive guide to the visual representation of cyberspace media. A book that is beautiful as well as densely packed with information, it covers facets of the Net from the history of telecommunications to Web sites, e-mail, virtual worlds, and game space. Wide format: 10.25x10<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"The Atlas of Cyberspace explores a remarkable universe of visual representations of the Internet's diversity, structure and content." --Vint Cerf, Chairman, ICANN商品の説明をすべて表示する
The text, on the other hand, ranges from workmanlike commentary on the graphics to watered down post modern cultural analysis. Light editing could remove at least half of the illustrations, providing a tighter focus on the remainder. In many cases, multiple instances of the same type of diagram are presented. Although this may be a start toward serious design analyses, it's distracting in a coffee table book such as this one.
The organization is by content rather than by visualization type. The first quarter of the book traces the history of the development of the web, and attempts to map traffic patterns and growth. The next section concentrates on the informational organization of the web, as opposed to the physical or topological. The third quarter maps "community", including more literal instances such as MUDs, as well as purely virtual ones such as discussion groups. The weakest section of the book is the last, which traces "cyberpunk", represented here with quotes from Gibson and Stephenson. This final section includes gratuituous screen shots from "The Matrix" and even more gratuitous "analysis".
Despite this book's many shortcomings, there's no alternative, and the fraction of the images that are truly inspiring make "Atlas of Cyberspace" not only worthwhile, but almost necessary.