This week’s topic was based upon cyberspace as well as the centralisation of distributed networks. So what is cyberspace? It was initially an idea coined by William Gibson that focuses on the idea that humans are moving into a ‘virtual reality,’ and how we are all connected through the Internet. Within the borders of the Internet, people are exposed to a lot of new and undiscovered information, ‘thought, nothing but thought.’ Whereas cyberpunk involves the way in which we interact in this virtual reality that is the Internet by separating our mind and body.
The idea of virtual reality and being involved in one is becoming more and more popular, for example – when I was younger I used to play Habbo Hotel, an online virtual reality where you could create avatars and interact with other teenagers from around the world as an interactive experience. It was as though you were physically in the space of the ‘hotel’ with them through your avatars. Much like this, the virtual reality dating site IMVU was also an interactive virtual reality through avatars, and age restrictive to 18+ – which was obviously something I went around when I was younger in order to see what the hype was about, even back then people were excited about virtual lives and virtual reality!
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