Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Communication & Cyberspace 3& 4
I found the first four chapters of Communication & Cyberspace to be interesting, but chapter three was the most thought provoking for me. Chapter 3 entitled, "Who Shall Control Cyberspace" by James R. Beniger caught my interest because it spoke of the internet or "cyberspace" as an entity controlled by many. The example of the Harvard lawn served as an excellent symbol for how cyberspace is built bottom up rather than from the top down. No one actually "owns" cyberspace, because it is not an actual space, but rather the link that bonds everyone's computers. It also serves as the relationship between users. Cyberspace is constantly changing because its users are constantlyinventing new technologies, coming up with different concepts, and more. It is the innovativeness of the users and their bonds with each other that make cyberspace and continue to change it. Therefore it belongs to the people, rather than being controlled by one person.