‘Cyberspace is a conceptual electronic space unbounded by distance or other physical limitations.’ William Gibson conceived this term in book Neuromancer (1982). It described the global information network where we create data in graphic and digital form. It is an imaginary non physical space and where this information ends up in. As the internet took off, this belief has become everted into the physical world (Emergence of Digital Humanities, 2013). This digital dualism can be seen in how virtual social networking sites have started taking over how we handle our ‘real’ lives (The New Inquiry, 2012). Technology today is interdependent of each other.
Gibson’s influence is evident in the movie franchise The Matrix.
Emergence of Digital Humanities (2013) Eversion Available at: http://emergenceofdhbook.tumblr.com/post/59772273737/you-can-now-read-the-introduction-at-the (Accessed: 18 March 2016)
The New Inquiry (2012) The Myth of Cyberspace Available at: http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/the-myth-of-cyberspace/ (Accessed: 18 March 2016)
Use of the Internet
The internet is being used differently to how the creators had envisaged, therefore free from regulations and a platform for shared interests and new ideas. Many of the power players have conflicting interests and everyone is trying to control it. Governments are powerless to make policies because companies will transfer to another country where the laws are more relaxed. Multi-national companies are in ongoing ‘tussles’ to control the internet. Some tussles might be conflicting but other times tussles are for complimentary purposes, therefore user sending data that a provider will carry for a price. Without one another the internet would not be able to be used as intended.
http://david.choffnes.com/classes/cs4700fa14/papers/tussle.pdf (Accessed: 18 March 2016)