We explore the nature of cyberspace and shed light on the intellectual puzzles of space, place and cyberspace by briefly reviewing previous discussions of space and place and presenting a simple framework that clarifies the relationships among these three concepts. We argue that, epistemologically, space and place are independent concepts imbued with different connotations. However, space and place are intertwined both practically and experientially because they constitute mutually complementary roles and functions in social life. Based on this argument, we develop a four-dimensional framework for distinguishing between space and place and apply it in a reconceptualization of cyberspace. We reject the notion that cyberspace is simply a “space” and argue, instead, that cyberspace is a spatial metaphor applied to the familiar places of the digital environment that have become, for many, such an essential part of everyday life.
|Keywords:||Cyberspace, Space, Place|
PhD Student, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Associate Professor of Library and Information Science, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana, USA