Sunday, April 27, 2008
Declaration on Independence? Really?
This article was very interesting and introduced some issues that I hadn’t realized were important to some people. I’m not sure if I agree with this declaration of independence of the virtual world from the real world. But at the same time I’m not really sure how I feel about some of the different points which were raised. I’m somewhat confused because the virtual world is made of users in the real world, so how can independence be declared from those who must be present in order for the virtual world to even exist? I find it very hard to completely separate the real world from cyberspace since to me their coexistence has developed into an intertwining relationship that will be hard to detangle. Since I’m not incredibly involved in the virtual world I cannot relate to John Barlow’s feelings towards this issue, but maybe through my continued use of online resources through this class, I will become better acquainted with his concerns.