CYBERnyama investigates the intersection of cyberspace and meatspace.
Meatspace is a term that refers to “real life” or the “offline” world. Similar meanings are conveyed by the acronyms IRL (in real life) or AFK (away from keyboard).
Both spaces appear similar in many ways as well as different in many other ways. Before information and communication technologies (ICTs) had proliferated to the extent that they have now, it was somewhat easier to distinguish between the online world and the offline world.
In our youth cyberspace was a new, unexplored and exciting space. It was almost an unreal space.
Connection to that space was itself a ritual filled with thrill and anticipation as the wobbly static screeching and beeping of the modem sent electric waves down the spine, triggering goose bumps in their wake.
Well at least the authors of this podcast got to experience that duality.
These days we talk less and less of being online. Our phones are continuously connected in our pockets constantly syncing without any screechy beeping.
The internet was normalised for many of us. It sunk in many ways into the background of existence – an omnipresent digital aether that was not quite visible.
At the same time, the proliferation of ICTs and IP connections screeches on, with innovation and change occurring at a rapid rate
Alex is an information and communication technology (ICT) policy researcher and consultant.