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Opening Up: The Privacy of Cyberspace

Cyberspace is everywhere. Entering this writing seminar I thought I knew everything there was to know. I’d grown up with the Internet, buying computer games from school as a kid to “study” at home. But, what I failed to see was the lack of privacy – the amount of yourself you project onto the internet. Even our class presents itself to the world; we had a debate whether to open the blog to the public, which we quickly accepted and began broadcrasting ourselves to cyberspace. Each of us unknowingly create and develop our “cyberspace personalities” (alexiepoch). We open our fleshly bodies to the cold metal of the world of cyberspace, just as Cobb Anderson opens up his new robotic, empty chest in Software.

Sasha discussed this lack of privacy, one that companies often fail to show us, in his blog post titled iHaveNoPrivacy. Sasha had discovered the invasive, almost creepy, ability of iPhones to follow their owner’s location through its wi-fi system. This is similar to the new innovaiton of Facebook – Facebook Places – and the location setting on Twitter. We constantly have the ability to broadcrast not only what we want people to know about us, but where we are, what we’re doing, and create subconsciously our new personality. “When you and your phone’s location are one…you can be broadcasting a lot more about yourself, through the device, than you may know” (daddehs1).

Alexie further discusses this concept in her post “FaceTime: Bringing Us Together or Apart?” when she demonstrates the blurring of your personality in cyberspace. This blurring occurs through “throwing away old social conventions” and creating ones of the 21st century, where you are both in meatspace and cyberspace. Alexie warns that “we can only hope that society will continue to be aware of the social dangers of technology” (alexiepoch). Are we degrading ourselves and making communication over cyberspace as important as meatspace? Yes or no, we don’t let our lack of privacy affect us, we continue on in our cyberspace interactions, our displays of personality, and, as Christina talks about, our creation of a new identity.

 

 This aspect of privacy and identity has been a constant discussion point in the class this past semester, for its a concept that reaches each person that has ever uploaded themself, consciously or unconsciously, to cyberspace.  Futurama showed our lack of sensitivity to our “cyberspace personalities”,Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch demonstrates humanities grasp for other identities and other lives, such as with their use of Can-D and Chew-Z, and even Videodrome displayed our need to identify and use television as our reality. This class has made me more aware of not only cyberspace, but the faults that it has. I’ve begun to more consciously realize my privacy, my created identity, and my interactions that open me up to the freedom of information in cyberspace.

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