You’re not the boss of me!


Technological determinism a theory coined by Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929), based on the premise that technology drives societal and cultural change. Move on 80+ years and technology has enabled the creation of centralised networks were the end user is given the control, meaning that the initial assumption of the theory is true. However we often find that even though each user or each individual node is created equally, we still find ourselves restricted by control and regulation.

It’s now 2013 and we find ourselves participating and interacting in a foreign land known as Cyberspace. When I was first told about this world, free of borders and a nation state I asked myself how does one get there and would I be accepted? If we take into consideration Marshall McLuhan notion of a Global village where we are connected to anyone, anywhere at anytime, I’ve come to believe that this complex second world is not so complex after all.

The nest question we must ask ourselves is with the obliteration of borders in Cyberspace, how do we define the jurisdiction? If there is a crime committed in this virtual reality where do we define its place?

The declaration of Independence of Cyberspace by John Perry Barlow is a humorous and informative description of the users of Cyberspace hate for the Government’s regulation and control. The opening paragraph states “that on behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have n sovereignty where we gather”. This ever growing community of anonymous users who are both everywhere and no where are fighting back for their power, free flow of information and pure mind.

“You are terrified of your own children, since they are natives in a world where you will always be immigrants. Because you fear them, you entrust your bureaucracies with the parental responsibilities you are too cowardly to confront yourselves” (Barlow 1996). These two lines impacted me the most and for some time I could not pin point why it has such great impact. However after reading, writing and a lot of thinking I believe it is that in society today parents are beginning to fear their children. They have programmed them into Video games, Ipods and computers from a very young age and are now struggling to get them from their Cyber world. Even though this paper was written in 1996 I find it fascinating how much it relates of the youth of today and the truthfulness surrounding the fear of Cyberspace.

I have a few other idea rising in my little brain surrounding cyberpunk and cybercelebrities but I fear that this post may be growing in length so I might just leave it here.

I might also leave you with an interesting link regarding cyberpunk

And the most infamous cybercelebrity


If you have anything to add or dispute please comment below.

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About Nicola Salter

Nicola. 21. UOW Graduate
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3 Responses to You’re not the boss of me!

  1. I find it intriguing that you draw on the idea of parents fearing their children because they’re stuck in cyberspace. It’s a notion that occasionally crosses my mind when I see 4 year olds with iPads, but I hadn’t given it much more thought, especially to the fact that parents may be fearing their own kids because of it. Conveying them as ‘natives’ and ‘immigrants’ is a very interesting yet realistic way to put it!

  2. Your blogs are always a pleasure to read.
    That quote (I assume by Barlow) resonated strongly with me also. “You are terrified of your own children, since they are natives in a world where you will always be immigrants. Because you fear them, you entrust your bureaucracies with the parental responsibilities you are too cowardly to confront yourselves.”
    The language he uses to demonstrate his point is very powerful. He could have just said, “Your kids are on Facebook 24/7 and you don’t get that.” But by describing children as “natives” and adults as “immigrants”, it paints a stark and disturbing picture reminiscent of white colonization of Australia. Two separate cultures meet and attempt to understand each other, but eventually one is forced to assimilate. As Media Comm students, I think we know which one will prevail.

  3. nicolasalter says:

    Your comments are too kind. Wow I had never thought of it like that, the way you linked Australia’s history to the present, amazing. I now have an entire new thought process on this topic!!

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