Network Society- Libertarian Utopia.

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One of the prominent theories I have taken from DIGC202 this semester is of the role internet networks form and shape our world into micro societies and instill libertarian methodologies. The power of one can influence many, with our opinions and voices reaching out to more people we will ever meet in a lifetime all within a day or two. This blog post for example could be viewed 5 times a day for 10 years, far exceeding the amount by which I would discuss it with.

The internet, world wide web or that thing-ma-jig whichever one you wish to call it, has altered the path humanity has been on remarkably. Not only has our communication techniques been changed, but too our freedoms and liberties to converse, interact, buy, sell and explore within our worldly societies have greatly expanded.

As mentioned in the prezi presentation for DIGC202, The internet is a libertarian utopia as each individual node in the network can broadcast to the entire network. We are the nodes. We have the freedom and ability to connect with others and broadcast ourselves like never before. Most places on the internet allow the nodes to be equal and coerce with one another with an intermediary; however some sties such as Facebook are heavily intrusive upon the conversations and activities of all nodes.

Don’t think I am blogging the truth? Well Tim Berners-Lee does. Berners-Lee (let’s just call him BL now) is widely regarded as being the creator of the world wide web we have today. BL believed in the ability of the internet being a cyberlibertarianism that promoted free speech and information sharing, stating-

The project started with the philosophy that much academic information should be freely available to anyone. It aims to allow information sharing within internationally dispersed teams, and the dissemination of information by support groups.

BL went on further to add the icing to the cake, the cherry on top, by stating-

The ultimate goal of the Web is to support and improve our Web-like existence in the world

Lastly, to further compliment the foundations of libertarianism within the Web, Mitch Kapor stated in 1993-

Life in cyberspace seems to be shaping up exactly like how Thomas Jefferson would have wanted; founded on the primacy of individual liberty and a commitment to pluralism, diversity and community. 

And it is for those reasons we are able to confidently state that the Web is truly a Network Society, connecting relationships and bonds mankind continues to freely express and form.

Stay Classy UOW,

Todd Steele.

References

Mitew, T 2014, Liquid labour, lecture, DIGC202, Global Networks, University of Wollongong, delivered 18 August.

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2 comments

  1. Nice perspective of the lecture topic, great use of quotes and there is plenty of evidence to support your points. Just one thing, your meme appears twice, I think you may have set it as your featured image and placed in in with the text. Keep up the good work though.

  2. Free speech and information sharing is the heart and soul of many online digital platforms especially social media!

    Platforms like these reflect “The ultimate goal of the Web is to support and improve our Web-like existence in the world” where we connect online in our social groups that we spend time with in real life. In cyberspace we are able to be available to our friends and loved ones as long as we are connected, and it gives us so many versatile options to connect and share with each other. It is like a world aside from the world we live in reality. We can present ourselves in whatever way we wish.

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