Secret Spaces and Cyberspaces: Notes Towards a New Definition of Childhood

11/11/98


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Secret Spaces and Cyberspaces: Notes Towards a New Definition of Childhood

As a child I was often lonely...

As a child I was often lonely...

I sought solace in books.

The books I loved the most were the ones with grand adventures and secret spaces and worlds.

That same year I also read for the first time, Jule Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

William Gibson & Neuromancer

Case exchanges Euclidian space for Cyberspace

Web Links to William Gibson

Case exchanges Euclidian space for Cyberspace

Definition of Cyberspace

Michael Benedikt on Cyberspace

For Benedikt, Cyberspace:

The Computer as Theater

Cyberspace as Creating a New Type of Childhood

Defining the Meaning of Childhood

Philippe Aires, Centuries of Childhood

Philippe Aires, Centuries of Childhood

Philippe Aires, Centuries of Childhood

Contemporary Childhood

The Disappearance of Childhood

Why is there the Disappearance of Childhood?

Children imitating adults--adults imitating children

Television

According to Postman

According to Postman, television re-creates the conditions of communication that existed in the 14th and 15th centuries.

A further evolution of the meaning of childhood.

Childhood is evolving towards something new

Childhood is evolving towards something new

Cyberkids

Cyberkids: “I’m nobody who are you?” Are you nobody too?”

“On the Internet Nobody knows you’re a dog.”

“On the Internet Nobody knows you’re a dog.” Nor do they necessarily know you’re a child.

You don’t necessarily need money in cyberspace.

You don’t necessarily need money in cyberspace.

When he enters the streets and the neighborhoods of the Metaverse, Hiro:

Alternative selves

MUDs, MOOs and MUSHes

MUDs, MOOs and MUSHes

Defining MUDs, MOOs and MUSHes

Defining MUDs, MOOs and MUSHes

MUDs, MOOs and MUSHes as theaters or stages

Toy theaters

Stevenson would recall walking by the store selling the theaters:

Robert Louis Stevenson and toy theaters:

According to Stevenson:

MUDs as Toy Theaters and Secret Spaces

Avatars

I became the characters I read about in books.

I became the characters I read about in books.

Books providing a protected secret space.

Cyberspace is a secret space that is also populated by others.

Cyberspace as a much more dangerous space.

Online there is less control.

The positives

Conclusion

Conclusion

Conclusion

Schedule

Deliveries

Costs

Technology

Resources

Goals for Next Review

Author: Dr. Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr.

Email: eprovenz@miami.edu