Cyberspace and the Self

Should we judge others by who they are online?

If you needed to date the point at which “cyberspace” ceased to exist and the internet simply became a part of our corporeal existence, you could do worse than pick the first, unrecorded moment when someone said ‘lol’ instead of actually laughing out loud.

We might well think there’s something affected and just plain fake about swapping text speak for such a visceral, bodily reaction. Still, internet abbreviations wouldn’t jump the fence into spoken conversation if they didn’t have some utility – IMHO, anyway – so it’s worth taking them seriously. And like any other part of our language, they can be simultaneously useful and deeply confused.

Consider ‘IRL,’ or ‘in real life.’ We’ve long used that expression for actors – “He always plays baddies, but in real life he’s a sweetheart” – which makes sense, insofar as actors portray characters in fictional worlds wholly discontinuous from ours. As Bernard Williams once put it [1], you ma

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Vintston Snapes 24 May 2021

I agree that in the modern world you need to think more about cybersecurity. There are many examples when Internet villains stole personal data and data from different companies, so I began to worry about my security and use software office 365 email backup, data loss is not scary to me. I can restore it at any moment. This program has saved me more than once from losing important data, especially bank accounts.

jack nelson 13 May 2021

Cybersecurity and personal data protection are very relevant in our time.