Friday, April 25, 2008
Declaration of Independence
After reading the cyberspace's declaration of independence, I couldn't help but think how idealized it sounded (much like our own declaration of independence). And then I noticed that it was, afterall, written in 1996, when the internet and idea of cyberspace was just developing. The author stated that this space is completely separate from the real world, as it is not made of the same material, and therefore is not subject to the real world governance. He said that, if the need arised, a governance would form in cyberspace in order to solve its problems. I thought back to the rape in cyberspace and the other cyberspace crimes one hears about everyday and wonder if cyberspace has the capability to govern itself. The author also said cyberspace provides the space for people to go and not be judged by their race, economic status, gender, etc. Yet we all noticed the "ideal" body types and "beautiful" features most people choose when creating an avatar in Second Life, and one needs money in the first place to even have access to cyberspace. Do you guys think cyberspace can/should govern itself? Do you think that cyberspace is truly a separate entity from the Real World?