@ Cyberspace: Metaphors and Cybertrespass Open Access
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University of Alberta
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Russell, Silvia R
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Gouglas, Sean (Humanities Computing)
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Simpson, John (Philosophy)
Engel, Maureen (Humanities Computing)
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Master of Arts
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References to the internet as physical space are pervasive: go forward, go back, domain name, email address, enter, password, website, portal, homepage, login, logout, logon, logoff, Myspace, information superhighway.… On the internet we surf from website to website, each with its own address. Sometimes we take shortcuts and links, and sometimes sites are blocked- off by firewalls so we can only enter through a web portal using a password.
Why do we use spatial terms to refer to the internet? Why do we call the internet
cyberspace? What are the consequences of this metaphor?
These spatial concepts are metaphors, but they are also models: some of the features of physical space correspond to and match the features of cyberspace. We experience these features of physical space while we are online. Even though we remain physically stationary, sitting at a computer and pressing buttons feels more like driving a car than it feels like using an appliance like a microwave or typewriter. This thesis discusses the similarities and differences between physical space and cyberspace, the relationships between them, and the social and legal consequences.
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