Cyberspace

Topics: Website, Pornography, Internet Pages: 3 (440 words) Published: October 19, 2014
Response #2
In Ester Dyson’s “Cyberspace: If You Don’t Love It, Leave It” she attempts to explain and ultimately defend the internet realm by comparing it to what we define as real estate. Dyson begins by identifying that real estate “… recognizes the difference between parkland and shopping mall, between red-light zone and school district, between church, state, and drugstore.” (pg. 295, para. 3) Through this recognition she creates a metaphor that cyberspace is in a sense a “virtual real estate,” where some websites are privately owned, some are open to the public, some are appropriate for children to see, and some are for fetish and sexual fantasies. And in a logic, we in the “real world” recognize these locations as for the entity they are, and therefore we should logically recognize them equally in cyberspace. Dyson’s use of logos helps those who don’t understand the internet create a connection to an idea they live every day. Through this connection, Dyson seeks to fight online regulation because, like in the “real world,” you wouldn’t find an adolescent in a bar, unless someone took them there. Likewise, you wouldn’t find an adolescent online on a porn website unless someone or they themselves took them there directly. She fights that in this kind of real estate, you have the freedom to choose your destination, what you do, and see – and in a sense it is easier to bypass an internet website in comparison to an “unsavory block of stores on the way to your local 7-Eleven”. (pg. 296, para.7) In paragraphs nine through fifteen, Dyson continues to effectively use logos as a form of deductive reasoning to battle online censorship. Here, she instead defines territory and that whether it is a private email, legal text, or an online community, the websites themselves determine the content they supply. This helps her make her closing statement that cyberspace is its own form of government, a self-sustaining entity and those who are worthy of self-sustaining will...

Cited: Dyson, Esther. “Cyberspace: If You Don’t Love It, Leave It.” The Brief McGraw-Hill Reader: Issues across the Disciplines. Ed. Gilbert H. Muller. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012. 294-98. Print.
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