Reynold’s goes on to explain in the end of her article that the web is just like any other space. When people get antsy and “claustrophobic” within their environment, they feel the need to expand. The rest of her article is spend explaining the reasoning behind the expansion and theĀ logisticsĀ of what happens as a result.

Cowboy exploring new territory.

The first of the geographies that she introduces is called the “frontier.” As Reynolds describes in her article, as the number of people in a given amount of space increases, the demand for space becomes higher. This forces people to look outside of the box; sometimes the only option is expanding into uncharted territory. You can either think of the frontier in the romantic sense of adventure and exploration, or you can think of it as a necessity to avoid suffocation.

The next imagined geography is explained through the metaphor of city life. The city is a place where communities grow their roots deep and maturity rises. This is where composition is able to take hold because of the people we are given to interact with. This is probably about the time that Web 2.0 came around because of the horizontal revolution and widespread collaboration. While things are able to be collaborative, this also leads to information overload and disorientation.

Cyberspace according to Spock

Finally, cyberspace is described. Spock would call it the final frontier. Or was that just space? Anyhow, cyberspace seems to warp space and time in the same ways that are evidenced in George Lucas’ “Star Trek”. We are not confined by space and time any longer because of the new technologies that allow the world to seemingly shrink. Cyberspace is dangerous, uncharted, undefined, and seemingly endless. Proceed with caution.

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