Cyberspace is an exciting escape from reality that allows the consequences of the real world to disappear. We have all been seduced into the world of cyberspace where one too many hours have slipped away from us, whether it be by instant messaging a friend or playing video games. I understand this feeling as well as the next cyberspace enthusiast, back in the day I spent countless hours of playing and being drawn into the world of the game, World of Warcraft.
In my experience being in the cyberspace world is a great escape from the hectic everyday lifestyles we live. You can be anything you like in cyberspace, a war hero, an elf, a pyromaniac, a theme park boss the possibilities are endless. But everything must be done in moderation, you would have heard of those stories where parents neglect their children in order to down a 10 hour gaming session, these are some of the negatives of this space.
It is somewhere to elude the consequences of reality, like in the Four Puzzles from Cyberspace book Lessig gives the example of two virtual neighbours; one neighbour kills the other neighbour’s dog with poisonous flowers. If this situation happened in the real world everybody would disapprove of the neighbour with the poisonous flowers, and there would potentially be a lot of negative media attention towards the person owning the poisonous flowers. But seeing as this example is cyberspace no real consequences were administered.
Cyberspace is a strange and exhilarating world where the real world’s rules don’t apply, and doing anything or being anyone is possible.