Book Review

Cyberia: Life in the Trenches of Hyperspace

EW's GRADE
B

Details Writer: Douglas Rushkoff; Genre: Science and Technology

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

Originally posted Jun 17, 1994 Published in issue #227 Jun 17, 1994 Order article reprints
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