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Cyberscope

noun; compounding
An examination of all areas pertaining to computer technology, particularly the World Wide Web, related digital technology, and video games. The recent explosion of new technology has far out-stripped the available terms for describing new phenomena, not unlike the situation during the Renaissance. People rapidly churn out new words to succinctly describe what they experience or invent, frequently taking from known classical morphemes (-SCOPE, inter-), roots chosen for metaphorical values (net, web), and clippings from affiliated terms (CYBER-, tech). CYBERSCOPE's two roots combine to very concisely convey its meaning, much as other such new creations do. CYBERSCOPE originated from the words CYBERNETICS and the end morpheme -SCOPE. The former originally meant the "theoretical study of the control of processes in electronic, mechanical, and biological systems as well as the mathematical analysis of the flow of information in such systems." (The American Heritage Dictionary) Recently, the word has been commonly been clipped to the prefix CYBER-, which, through narrowing and metonymic shift, has come to refer to complex digital technology, more recently, the internet. Examples of this usage include "cybercommunication," "cyberspace," "cybercop", and "cybersex." The suffix -SCOPE in this case does not refer to a specific instrument of detection and examination, but rather the outcome of such observations.
 
The name of a regular column in Newsweek magazine that documents the latest updates in computer-related areas, i.e. the World Wide Web, digital technology, and video games. See entry for "vidiot"
Etymology : concatenation of CYBER (clipping of CYBERNETICS) + -SCOPE
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