BTW, Speaking about justice…

QuickByte: Cyberspace Reality

Posted on: April 28, 2010

I found a quote that says: All of cyberspace is a stage and we are merely players.

It has some truth into it to the extent that we have the benefit of anonymity when we are online. We are somewhat detached from our offline identity, giving us bigger opportunity to pursue our deepest interests in private (Note: excluding the thought that our online footprint is actually traceable and monitored by Google for example).

There is neutrality in our online existence that would not have existed in real life. Online, we are all equals. This may sound like a marriage vow, but perhaps we are married to the worldwide web. Online, it doesn’t matter if we’re sick or in health, rich or poor, better or worse, we hold on to our online-self until internet availability do us part.

If all cyberspace is a stage and we’re all merely players, then the WWW as a stage is the closest we would ever get to a just society. If social justice is available online, lets work on getting it to work offline as well. I wonder how…

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2 Responses to "QuickByte: Cyberspace Reality"

In a stage you can be someone you are not. In cyberspace although you can say whatever you want it is unethical to be someone you are not e.g. exaggerating your profile, etc. There are some people who create “online-self” that may be different to their offline-self. But for me this is not only unethical but also a FAKE. After all what you promised online is also applied offline. So, if you are an honest person, cyber space is not really a stage.

HI Anonym. Thanks for your interesting comment.
Perhaps there are insecurities in them that they had to create a “better” profile online, to make up for the lacks of their offline lives. I agree, that not being truthful abt who they are online/offline is unethical. But there are also cases where people who are high achievers in real life can only be “human” online (faking their online-self as well but toning it down instead of exaggerating). Just out of curiosity, do you consider the latter group as fake as well?
And well, since we’re discussing identity and bringing online offline, do you think it is justifiable if someone creates a fake online-self, but somehow it results in a positive offline effect? Output, not process.

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