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Gravitating around the epistemological and psychological spheres postmodernist theorists amongst other things make two fundamentally crucial claims when discussing twenty first century computer mediated communications CMC The epistemological claim is that the search for the ultimate foundations of knowledge for depth and mechanism is futile Postmodernism is an anti foundationalist philosophy in the sense that it denies that there can be such a thing as transcendent perfect knowledge Instead all knowledge claims are justified by rhetoric convention or authority The psychological claim of postmodernism is that the notion of a coherent and unitary self is an illusion The self is really a multiplicity of parts and fragments Associated with this the coherence of traditional identity formulations relating to classifications on the basis of race gender and other physical characteristics are also suspect So in keeping with the postmodernist doctrine what could be more postmodern than cybersex Now cybersex stems from the term cyberspace originally a term from William Gibsons science-fiction novel of 1984 Neuromancer Basically cyberspace is the name some people use for the conceptual space where words human relationships data wealth and power are manifested by people using computer mediated communications technology or CMC for short Cybersex depending on who you talk to has a number of definitions and a number of approaches according to those definitions How postmodern Broadly speaking cybersex is a generic term for erotic interaction between individuals in cyberspace Generally it can include exchanges of e-mail real-time visual communication via webcams encounters in chatrooms bulletin boards and other online virtual communities However given prevailing technological restraints the majority of cybersexual activity occurs in chatrooms and is facilitated by text-sex - essentially sexual liaisons are typed out by participants Most of this is done in the form of live real-time private chat in which two or more parties engage in a mutual fantasy - a collaborative erotic story that may involve role playing
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