The Internet and Social Justice Rights, Justice, Freedom & Ethics: Towards Just and Sustainable Human Communities A presentation to SOCY 234/MDEP 221: Engineering & Social Justice Nasser Saleh February 9, 2009
Angry online divorcee 'kills' virtual ex-hubby A 43-year-old piano teacher's sudden divorce from her online husband in a virtual game world made her so angry that she logged on and killed his digital avatar "I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so angry," the official quoted her as telling investigators and admitting the allegations. The woman used login information she got from the 33-year-old office worker when their characters were happily married, and killed the character. The man complained to police when he discovered that his beloved online avatar was dead.
"The future of information technology descends upon us in a swarm of buzzwords: global village, electronic superhighway, information age, electronic frontier. Someday soon, cyberspace - the vast, intangible territory where computers meet and exchange information - will be populated with electronic communities and businesses. In your home, a protean box will hook you into a wealth of goods and services. It will receive and send mail, let you make a phone or video call or send a fax or watch a movie or buy shoes or diagnose a rash or pay bills or get cash (a new digital kind) or write your mother. That will be just the living-room manifestation of what promises to be a radical - and rapid - transformation of commerce and society, the greatest since the invention of the automobile.“ Stewart (1996)
Stewart T A (1996) Boom time on the new frontier, in Kling R (1996) ed. Computerization and Controversy, Academic Press, San Diego, 2nd edition, 67-74.
"Just as a beehive functions as if it were a single sentient organism, so does an electronic hive, made up of millions of buzzing, dim-witted personal computers, behaving like a single organism. Out of networked parts - whether of insects, neurons or chips - come learning, evolution, and life. Out of a planet-wide swarm of silicon calculators comes an emergent self-governing intelligence: the Internet." (Kelly, 1996, p.76).
Kelly, K. (1996) The electronic hive - embrace it, in Kling, R. (Ed.) Computerization and Controversy, 2nd Edition, Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 75-78.
"Immersed in an environment of invisible signals and operations, we find it as unthinkable to walk five miles to visit a friend as it was once unthinkable to speak across that distance through a wire" (Birkerts, 1996, p.81).
Birkerts, S. (1996) The electronic hive - refuse it, in Kling, R. (Ed.) Computerization and Controversy, 2nd Edition, Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 79-82.