Ode to Cyberspace
I need more twitter. Your cyberspace is boring me.
I think it isn’t possible. Cyberspace is always changing growing. It might even disappear completely.
Thanks to cyberspace, I’ve met many wonderful people. Many of whom are friends and mentors to me and I to them..
Just signed up for TweetDeck – wondering exactly how that might alter my life, and experience of cyberspace? Hints and clues, anyone?
Welcome Brian, good to see you here in cyberspace, and I look forward to talking with you next week!resending – thanks for reaching out over twitter – can’t believe my mail got lost in cyberspace!“We will create a civilization of the mind, in cyberspace.” – John Perry BarlowHas anyone taken a peek or test drive of that newest thing 2 hit cyberspace? Google Wave. Looks & sounds interesting… makes me curious,Nah, not really. The bad part is that you used the last of your battery to tell everyone in cyberspace.HAH! yes, if we share info in cyberspace we don’t need a time machine, each accesses it in their own time/space.
So what is this cyeberspace to which we all refer?Please tweet me with your answer and I’ll write about it in my next blog.
Although this poem does not give an exact answer as to what cyberspace is, it is interesting to see what facts can be ascertained about and what characteristics can be attributed to it in just a handful of tweets put together from a search on Twitter.
1) It has the capacity to produce boredom.
2) It is in a process of constant metamorphosis, and the question is raised that it may disappear altogether, one day.
3) It is the means by which friendships can be made and mentoring can take place.
4) Applications used to access cyberspace (in this instance, TweetDeck) may be anticipated longingly by the new user as beings a means of engendering life transformation, a sea change, a conversion, a moment of enlightenment!
5) Cyberspace, like real space, is a vast domain in which it is possible for definitive objects (?) like email to become lost! Thank goodness it is possible to resend items (Line 7) unlike with the Royal Mail where once an item is lost it’s final!
6) Is it possible that the human mind can become civilized by a visit to cyberspace, or will it become lost like the poor aforementioned email?
7) Cyberspace stimulates the enquiring mind, and produces the desire to find more novel forms of travel, such as surfing on a Google Wave!
8) Batteries are required to power communication with others who are already out in cyberspace, and it is possible to communicate with everyone in cyberspace, perhaps our beloved politicians could be sent there!
9) The sharing of information in cyberspace becomes a form of time travel.
10) The opening line of the second stanza shows how easy it is to switch to mundane and down-to-earth topics even when dealing with such advanced philosophical conceps as cyberspace. The words ‘Welcome Brian’ bring in such a feeling of inclusiveness and autheticity!
I never cease to be amazed at the fact that Twitter can be used not only to write poetry, but also to learn about emerging technology and advanced philosophical concepts!
In fact, I think I learned more through my above research and involvement in the poetic process than I ascertained in looking up the Wikipedia exploration of cyberspace, which is detailed below.
Wikipedia article about Cyberspace (Introduction only, thank goodness)
Cyberspace (from Greek Κυβερνήτης [kybernētēs] meaning “steersman”, “governor”, “pilot”, or “rudder”) is the global domain of electromagnetics as accessed and exploited through electronic technology and the modulation of electromagnetic energy to achieve a wide range of communication and control system capabilities. The term is rooted in the science of cybernetics and Norbert Wiener’s pioneering work in electronic communication and control science, a forerunner to current information theory and computer science. Through its electromagnetic nature, cyberspace integrates a number of capabilities (sensors, signals, connections, transmissions, processors, controllers) and generates avirtual interactive experience accessed for the purpose of communication and control regardless of a geographic location. In pragmatic terms, cyberspace allows the interdependent network of information technology infrastructures (ITI), telecommunications networks—such as the internet, computer systems, integrated sensors, system control networks and embedded processors and controllers common to global control and communications. As a social experience, individuals can interact, exchange ideas, share information, provide social support, conduct business, direct actions, create artistic media, play games, engage in political discussion, and so on. The term was coined by the cyberpunk science fiction author William Gibson.Now ubiquitous, the term has become a conventional means to describe anything associated with computers, information technology, the internet and the diverse internet culture. Cyberspace is recognized as part of the US National Critical Infrastructure.________________
You may like to have an attempt at your own piece of poetry before you read my next article, I suggest something simple for your first exercise, like ‘Critical Infrastructure’.