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In the beginning was the mainframe and then it took a selfie

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Exploring all the ends of cyberspace cannot be done but taking advantage and understanding the processes that cyberspace, in particular the creation of the internet, presents to humanity is a step closer to a global village and maybe a cyber-utopia. In this technological age the transition from offline communication to online involvement is a necessary step in future operations and endeavours but what is the cost of this transition.

Kevin Kelly provides a detailed insight into the necessity that a new economy has emerged and this economy can be used effectively to sustain people, we have become engulfed in what has been presented to us – intentionally or by discovery, by cyberspace and the internet and we are in need. So why not take advantage and be a part of cyberspace – the freedom and possibilities are up to the user to create.

Similar positive responses about cyberspace/the internet from Barlow, and Dyson – Barlow presents that the internet is a place of freedom and expression from the oppression and ‘iron-fist’ of governments, as what can be created goes beyond the boundaries of a country and its rules, cyberspace is a place that does not show prejudice to people but, explained by Dyson, that cyberspace is an ecosystem where an individual can create what they want and the world they want to live in.

As open and free cyberspace allows and the dreams that plan to be created through the internet, there are present issues that arise by human use. Presented by Sherry Turkle in the following TED talk “Connected, but alone?”

Turkle explains the interaction that technology has created on people and what effects it has on the individual are not places that are ideal for growth and development of a cyber-utopia. Seeing the internet as an escape from the real world, for an individual to become a spot on the vast space that is cyberspace has created a new generation of social problems – what is being done?  Issues such as trolling and flaming, trends such as selfies and the anonymity that the internet creates provides the current generation with either the possibilities that are helpful to the exploration and creation of what is to come, or hinders this change and is stuck with the understanding of how to search something thought not implement what has been searched.

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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.