Virtuality has been central to analyses of the Internet. Yet virtuality does not entirely account for the way the Internet reshapes and transforms 'the copy' - that central feature of Internet transactions and governance (as in, for example, caching, copyright, cutting/pasting). In this short paper, I hope to identify the key role that the image of 'the copy' can play in theorising the Internet in a world accustomed, since Benjamin, to think first about the copy of the image. In doing so, I will suggest, too, what 'theory' might be as a practice and a posture in Internet Studies.
Seminar, speech or other presentation
Public debate presented at 'Politics of a Digital Present', the Fibreculture Meeting, Melbourne, Australia, 06-08 December 2001