Cyberspace; an intangible dimension full of possibilities that can empower not only virtual lives but also REAL lives. Lessig, L in his book “Four Puzzles From Cyberspace” delves into the concept where cyberspace allows people to exist in a different reality separate to the real that can provide a “richer experience” to life. On cyberspace people are able to express their opinions however they wish, and this empowers people.
I think cyberspace has a great deal of influence on the real world. It not only empowers but may also influence the actions that people take in the real world. There’s research that point out that the absence of regulation and hence free-reign people have on cyberspace has allowed them to act in whatever manner they like in the real world. This clearly has real life implications and has led to some of the younger generation being unable to distinguish the separation between the cyberspace and the real. This has resulted in people committing crimes in the real world without realising the real social and physical impact on the society.
From time to time I see my brother playing the latest Call of Duty or Medal of Honor game where the aim is to shoot and kill enemies. Now, I have just realised that when my brother plays, he too is engaging in a cyber reality. It is clearly evident that my brother is not deeply influenced by the game (as to my knowledge he has no intention of committing any crimes), however there are other who have become so immersed in the game that it has a large influence on them in the real world. Just look at this young boy who becomes violent after his mother deletes his World of Warcraft account. Here’s the link.
It is obvious that the cyberspace does have an effect on the real world, and I think there is a real need to regulate it. Cyberspace has limitless possibilities and it is important that we don’t restrict it, but devise a way in which the effects of the cyber world is minimised on the real world. Maybe this is a start to developing a cyber proof solution “Boot Camp Cure for Web Obsession“.