Dec 6, 2009

Cyberpluralism?

I just read Tim Hwang's essay on the "Berkman School". It is very interesting although I am not a fan of categorizing "schools". He says Berkmanites tend to share the notion that the Internet has specific configuration of features, such as openess, freedom and unfathomably deepness. Hence the fire-walled China's Internet might not be regarded as "The Internet".

This might be correct when one asks the Berkmanties what is the "ought to" Internet in their minds. While as a Berk-freshman, I'd rather considering what is the truth of the Internet. In my suspicion, the nuance or even major variety of cyber ecology among different countries/cultures/languages/regimes is unavoidable and has actually been formed for years. Considering the 1 billion accounts of QQ, the seperation of the Internet, the isolation of various version of "Internet" seems not merely a trend but also a truth. The problems seems not only "what are the features of the Internet distinct from the pre-internet society", but also "To each pre-internet community, what are the features of the Internet respectively."

Rebecca MacKinnon says there is a "Cyber-tarianism" not uniquely in Chinese Internet sphere. I am waiting for reading that. Nevertheless, I assume there is a trend of Cyber-ANY-isms emerging from everywhere. At this stage, shall we take a "cyber-pluralism" into account firstly?

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