Storming the Servers: A Social Psychological Analysis of the First Internet War
I could not imagine a day without the Internet. My life is based around the Internet; there is not one day that I am not using it. Being without it for as long as they did during the Internet war in Estonia seems unfathomable. It really does sound like a nightmare. I am not someone that uses my phone often or watches television as a means of entertainment. I am all about the different ways the Internet acts as a tool for me to not only stay connected, but to enjoy the little moments that I use to relieve stress. My family is in California and I am in New York so I skype them a lot. Families work that way; you’re parents want to see your face while talking to see how you’re doing. I would not be able to function without the Internet. It is like an addiction, there is no going back once I have already had a taste of it.
What It’s Like to Participate in Anonymous’ Actions
The analogy with MasterCard and Paypal as it having to do with membership only access is something that I never really thought about when associating with commentary made by anonymous posts. Thinking about it as something exclusive that only certain people can gain access to it versus where it is available to everyone plays up to the appeal of anonymous posts. When your identity is hidden, there is more freedom to express yourself. No one can really trace it back to you or at least they will not know who the poster is. If you are a member, there is all this information you have to provide and everyone will know who you are and can constantly keep tabs on your every action. Although I prefer anonymity; it also has its consequences. There are greater chances for someone to abuse the power and that will cause trouble not only for the poster, but the forum/platform in which the commentary was posted on. It can be taken out of proportion if there is a feeling of a threat or something could instill fear, given our current government is always cautious when it comes to what is deemed a part of national security.
The statement that public spaces are increasingly privatized seems true to a certain degree. I never really noticed it, but if you really stop to think or look around at your surroundings, there are not a lot of public spaces that are readily available. The Digital Zapatistas’ virtual protests has really revealed the ways in which cyberspace itself is occupied and organized as commercial and private, rather than public. Spatiality, Edward Soja argued, “is socially produced, and, like society itself, exists in both substantial forms (concrete spatialities) and as a set of relations between individuals and groups, an ‘embodiment’ and medium of social life itself.” To me this suggests that space does not just have to be just the physical aspect, but a state of mind. It is about the unlimited or expanse in which all material objects are located and all events occur. Like Soja argued, it depends on who or what is involved for it to be defined or changed.