The Private Individual On The Internet

2315 Words Nov 30th, 2016 10 Pages
the private individual on the internet

Alex Cornelius*

The Internet is an international network of interconnected computers that enables millions of people to communicate with each other in Cyberspace. Some refer to the Internet as the World Wide Web- at the time of its creation, the Internet was a designated high-speed network built by the U.S. Department of Defense as a digital communications experiment. The Internet is no longer just a communications experiment and is used in nearly everyone’s lives. “In our contemporary lives, we take for granted the unfathomable scale of the Internet and how it affects everyday life. In 2015, there were an estimated 876,812,666 websites.”
Cyberspace is the virtual computer world, and more specifically, is an electronic medium used to form a global computer network to facilitate online communication. Cyberspace is what allows the individual to share a news article or picture and purchase new clothes. With these two definitions in place, the Internet is the computer network that Cyberspace uses to facilitate the online communication. “In cyberspace…every interaction is like the credit card purchase. The best way to grasp this point is to take seriously, if only for a moment, the metaphor that cyberspace is an actual place, a computer-constructed world, a virtual reality. In this alternate universe, you are invisibly stamped with a bar code as soon as you venture outside your home.”
The ever-growing digital revolution of today’s…
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