Daneet Steffens
June 17, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cyberia: Life in the Trenches of Hyperspace

Current Status
In Season
Douglas Rushkoff
Science and Technology

We gave it a B

Consider Cyberia: Life in the Trenches of Hyperspace an Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test on Ecstasy. In the mad rush to map out the newest frontier of cyberspace, Douglas Rushkoff went to hang out — a la Tom Wolfe — with the people who are making the scene happen. These new Merry Pranksters are computer — literate and business-oriented — not to mention overly earnest. From the technology of Silicon Valley to the paganism of all-night raves, Rushkoff explores virtual reality, new psychedelics and smart drugs, along with other pit stops on the digital highway. Two years in the making, Cyberia manages to capture the dazzling pace at which culture is jacking into the mother of all mainframes, but gets a little lost in the New Agey philosophy that is coming along for the ride. B

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