Cyberspace & Subjectivity

December 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

Very interesting lecture on how technology and advancements in technology have affected society. Things such as Cyberpunk and cyberpunk writers portray technology as being a medium of control. Also how and advancements in communication affect peoples everyday lives.

How does having such amazing freedom to communicate to people all over the World through the internet affect us? Does it make us less likely to socialize in real life?

In my case yes because its much easier to me to communicate to people through the internet and I can communicate with much more people through the internet. For instance I could have an online conversation with 5 different people in 5 different countries across the globe at the same time. The main advantage to online communication is the distance and amount of people we can reach out to and speak to or write to. I can also show people my music videos online easier than I could in person. By uploading my art I can get comments and opinions of many people who view them.

The downside of my increased communication with people through the internet is that I leave my house less because I simply don’t need to. I always have problems with trying to communicate emotions online because we cannot convey facial expressions online. Sarcasm for instance is very hard to convey online and often gets mistaken for insult. Also having a conversation online with someone will never be as satisfying or as interesting as having that same conversation with them in real life. Also people are less communicating than you think online most people don’t communicate as well online as I do so when I suggest a question like “Do you think pop music in the UK is suppressing better more artistic music and high art”” They will probably give me a 2 word answer like “Yeah Lol” I find this most annoying because I do like chatting to people and having debates and interesting arguments about art and music  its just that most people I talk to online don’t seem as adept nor as interested in having a lengthy discussion online so most conversations are short and to the point.

So I can be sure that technology can be used as a means of a extending communication to many people around the world but I don’t think it will ever replace speaking to real people.

This is a little of my thoughts on the topic but will not replace being there in person hearing my lecture speak.



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