CyberSpace in a Nutshell

“ A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators… A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding” – William Gibson.

I tried my best to express this term in the most practical form. The following soundcloud clip is a great example of various terminals in cyberspace merging into one, consequently creating a non material space stored with an elaborate amount of data.

 

Listen as I cover what is cyberspace, what it consists of and draw on the weekly reading to make my general discussion of cyberspace more clear.

 

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11 Replies to “CyberSpace in a Nutshell”

  1. This is a great podcast, it really helped me gain a further understanding of cyberspace, I liked how you took William Gibson’s take on cyberspace. Although cyberspace may be viewed as something that can’t possibly be poetic it could be seen to have a greater meaning through the different tropes that are associated within it. Virtual reality is a great one to look at, especially because there have been countless films and games made about this topic. Although cyberspace and virtual reality can be seen as something with no emotion connected to it as it is essentially created by a machine. However, I found a Ted Talk which which looks at virtual reality creating empathy, using a trope of cyberspace to really engage with emotion. Changing the dynamic of machine and emotion through the use of cyber tropes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXHil1TPxvA. Connecting back to what you stated that this is contributing to cyberspace but in a different and more evoking way.

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  2. Hello! I appreciate the informative nature of your post. You have successfully described ‘Cyberspace in a nutshell’, and drew upon weekly readings for validation. Perhaps you could have delved further into the functions of cyberspace, what forces occupy it’s space and what network structure they are a part of.

    This article explores the potential of hackers and how data could be at the frontier of conflict in digital space: http://theconversation.com/us-hack-shows-data-is-the-new-frontier-in-cyber-security-conflict-42904. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Hey! Your podcast laid a great basis for understanding what cyberspace is and I love how you referred to your podcast as a terminal where you are adding information to the cyberspace, like so many of us do. However, I feel like your podcast could have gone further and looked at the affordances and limitations of cyberspace and how it impacts our lives. We use cyberspace everyday, like you said, but we don’t regular think about the cyber-threats that lie behind uploading a photo, or using online banking or uploading a podcast. There are threats like piracy, hacking and identity theft that are constantly happening within our cyberspace. I found this site really useful in defining different threats: http://techin.oureverydaylife.com/effects-cyber-crime-1704.html. Cyberspace has now become the 5th domain for warfare declared by governments around the world. Check out this site (http://resources.infosecinstitute.com/the-rise-of-cyber-weapons-and-relative-impact-on-cyberspace/) to gain an insight into how our lives are constantly threatened by using cyberspace and the affordances that it allows. I feel like a little bit of extra information like this will help your podcasts in the future to take it to the next level. Thanks!

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  4. Hi Mia,

    This podcast is really good as it was well structured. You began with the background of the topic, then the academic definition and your analysis which was really easy to follow.
    You indicated several main points from the weekly materials which were useful for audience to figure out the big picture. I really liked the idea that cyberspace is a warehouse of data and it was interesting that you used your own podcast as an example of people contributing to building that storage.
    My recommendation is that maybe you should include some real-life examples so listeners may relate more easily.

    Great work anyway !
    Cuong.

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