Being a communications and media student I tend to spend a fair bit of time online, whether it’s talking to friends on Facebook, browsing through Tumblr or navigating my way through Wikipedia (starting with puppies and ending in the 1896 Summer Olympics), but now I can finally blame my internet addiction on somebody other than myself, cyberspace.
Cyberspace is the quicksand of the internet world, it pulls you in and refuses to let go until all your free time is spent staring at a monitor, unable to pull away from the endless information and communication available right at your fingers tips.
However while saying this, just because something is online does not mean that it is not real or important. I know that without the internet and cyberspace I would be completely different to the way I am today, I would be oblivious to so many things in the world. I’ve grown up being sheltered from so many of the world’s issues and it’s only since I’ve been involved in an online community that I’ve truly started to understand important issues, such as racism. While this is a positive point for cyberspace I have also seen many horrible things, including the spreading of hate and prejudice, and in a massive network like the internet things are able to be shared and distributed at amazing speeds.
In Lessig’s ‘Four Puzzles From Cyberspace’ he tells of story of a university student named Jake who is a quiet, average guy in the eye of the beholder but online he is a well known writer of violent and sexual stories. Even though to the majority of us stories of this nature disgust rather than intrigue, Jake was able to pick up a large fan base and his stories were in high demand. This is a prime example of how easily horrific things can travel through the internet ,and if it wasn’t for his network of followers maybe Jake would have quit writing before he was arrested and saved the internet from his horrible writings.
In conclusion there are always going to be positives and negatives when it comes to cyberspace, it all depends on how we decide to use the internet. With great power comes great responsibility.
Lessig, L 2006, ‘Four Puzzles From Cyberspace’, https://www.socialtext.net/codev2/four_puzzles_from_cyberspace