Cyberspace – space for one

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Brought up in a world where everyone is connected to everything and anything, there are still groups of people that I can not completely connect to or let alone understand, such as other generations, and the people that are found by the presence of technology – the people with multiple personalities (one face-to-face, the other on the web). Being a part of generation Y has come at the introduction and coinciding development of technology and with growing up becoming an adult. With the push of technology on us, to be a part of the cyber-culture, the prospects of what life would be, would only get better for everyone involved, going towards ‘utopia’?

Through the change of technology brings this empowerment to the individual that uses the technology to create something interesting and beneficial, something that has developed into an important part of people’s lives – whether it is a mode of communication or a game that utilizes creativity and global interaction such as MUDs. MUDs being text base games – such as Wheel of Time a 15 year long running free playable game.

As easy as empowerment comes to the individual, organizations, if technology savvy, can become bigger contenders at controlling and marketing their agendas on a much larger audience, highlighted in this article by Prospect Magazine. The hopeful change of control from large corporations still has a significant hold on large audiences today – instead of the subliminal messaging and ‘inconspicuous’ brand marketing there is now internet tracking of what people do and records being kept of this information.

The change of technology and the exploration of what the internet has become has influenced and challenged people – creating a cyberspace, created and designed a space for each individual. This ‘individual’ place of content creates issues when surrounded by other ‘individual’ creations, explored by Lessig, cyberspace is meant to be a greater form/medium of communication between people but when certain formalities occur then who is to enforce what should be done and what decision should be made.

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4 responses »

  1. I agreed with your first point about how despite everyone is meant to be interconnected thanks to the internet and cyberspace this actually isn’t true. The internet connects us with other people who are similar to us. Facebook suggest friends based on mutual friends, movies and music we both like etc. but in doing so we are distanced from others. We don’t really meet new people online, we just meet other versions of ourself.

  2. Interesting point about the individuality of cyberspace. I think it is a testament to the intangibility of the internet that we are able to create a space for ourselves. You mentioned search tracking, which is quite the opposite. It is a corporation, or rather software owned by a corporation, creating an environment for us. So while the environment is individualised, it is not controlled by us.

  3. Cyberspace has become less about freedom and more about cultivating your own social/personal bubble (with help from you’re favourite corporations). As the above comment suggests, services are offering things that we may like, these things are often always similar to our current tastes and are never different. But from this process we become sheltered from larger possibility and find comfort in repetition.

  4. Great point on the control that large corporations have over the community, and their ‘inconspicuous’ marketing! I especially agree with your idea that individuals can create and become greater contenders, just take Youtube for example with its many content creators.

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