Second Life

Ever wonder how people were communicating when they don’t have Internet like how we do now? or they didn’t even have the chance to?

In the old days, how people wanted to send a message was way too troublesome and complicated. You typed and wrote the message you want to send, and go to the telegraph office to do the transmission process. What was more, it had to to be costly charged. The telegraph charged per character of the message and transcript to send to worldwide and Moscow, into a file which they kept as a back up and proof as receipt , and then send back to the office to make the final transmission. It was known as dramatic shift of the telegraph process in order to send out a message, which now we do not ever need it again awhile sending a message yet at a high speed level of connection.

On December 1969, ARPARENT, the infant network which allowed us a different experience with high speed technology; it is not a long distance computing, but a personal and new messages which can be used to collaborate on presentation, projects, trade notes for work. Thanks to ARPARENT, people was able to have their own personal accounts on the computers. Not only it was used for personal communication, but it also led to the enthusiasm of long distance computation.

As the 80’s advanced, it was easy to link computers to the growing networks by using the Internet Protocol. It was so difficult to stop from the Internet, linking up from one to somewhere other and indeed no ones would want to stop this complex of network that cost little, but valuable, which was known as the ‘Internet’. However, ARPARENT was officially replaced in 1989 by the Internet which provides standards of globalisation. Internet was a great and powerful network which attracts not only the scientists to do further research but also the people and the users. One of the reasons is freedom; there is no restriction and limitation on the Internet where you can connect, search, build, create global communication, online services and so forth. What is more important, no censors, no directors and no stakeholders.

Some might think that Internet and cyberspace are the same, well, I thought that. Both of them are on the Internet, but in fact, there are differences. Internet is the medium which your email and your post get published on the site. It is more like a direction which you search what you want on Google, ordering books on Amazon or sending a message at no cost perhaps whereas gives a new exciting experience. In fact, Cyberspace is more like a second life for the kids now or young generation. Cyberspace is something more like a pull-strategy based which pulled mankinds into experiencing the real life that you would never have or not able to, such as instant message and online games(MMOG). It is more like a second life which you can control as if in real life. The real life in MMOG is like a television screen which enables you to control the characters of the screen as real time. As we live in real life, such as taking a pen of your friends’ without asking them is considered as stealing and there goes your name, thief. Why not calling it ‘take’ instead? It is because we all live with the norms and other sort of laws. Cyberspace allows mankind to have power and authority to control the real life on the screen. In real life time, some things we can change, in cyberspace we can and control over it at where and when it happens.

From a message transmission on the Internet to cyberspace which we can control and it allows us to have richer experience makes me think of how powerful can a software or device be, but indeed humans are more powerful than we could expect.

Lessig, L. (2006). Four puzzles from cyber space. In L. Lessig Code version 2.0, accessed at

Sterling, B. (1993) ‘A Short History of the Internet’ , accessed at


6 thoughts on “Second Life

  1. First of all, congratulations and well done for being one of the very first brave people to link post their blog and share it with the class. It can be a lot harder and more intimidating when you can’t see what everyone else has been doing. You also appear to have a lot of enthusiasm for your blog and your writing, which is great and always makes reading more enjoyable I’ve found.

    Now that’s quite a long post there April. Remember that we’re aiming for around 300-330 words with each post. The goal isn’t to simply repeat what we learnt doing the readings but rather to demonstrate our new understanding by taking what we’ve learnt and extending it or applying it in a new way. Perhaps you could relate some of the concepts from the readings to something personally interesting or significant to you?

    Be careful to make sure your using the in text citations as well as having the reference list at the end. This referencing style guide should help, just remember to use Harvard style.

    Anyway I hope you find my comment useful and not discouraging. I look forward to reading more of your work in the coming weeks. Keep up the enthusiasm!


  2. nice post, I agree that cyberspace is practically a second life for most of us who have never truly experienced a world without the internet. Also the effect this second life has on as I guess you could call it our first life(or real life, although it is hard to argue sometimes which one is more ‘real’) is immensely powerful and it helps how we ‘build our character’. Linking to your MMOG here is an artcle showing the link between real life people and there online ‘avatars’


  3. I enjoyed this post, it summed everything up really nicely! Perhaps there was too much summary, but I actually liked that as its nice to hear it said another way. Coming from someone who loves their home on the internet, I can certainly understand what you are talking about!
    Do you think children will only become involved further in the internet?


  4. Hi April, interesting piece you have there. I agree that cyberspace allows mankind to have power and authority to control the real life on the screen. The internet is lawless with no legal framework and privacy. I simply cannot think of anything that people cannot do with internet. Other than that, I also like your insight on cyberspace is like a second life to most of us. I think that it is interesting to learn the fact that todays network society is the detachment of our body and mind. People has avatar and the virtual world has becoming something very real that our body and mind lives in two separate lives. I guess the ability of the virtual world that allows people to create idealized versions of themselves that they cannot be or achieve in real life is one of the many factors why people are so obsessed with the virtual world and their online identity.


  5. I strongly agree with you that people now make use of cyberspace as their second life which they wake up and sleep to it. Also, it is undeniable that the cyberspace have a kind of pull-strategy to pull man kinds to experience the real life that they are not able to which however made them comfortably live to it. Don’t you think it however brought uncertain impacts and negativities to them and they somehow avoid to live in the reality and get addicted to the cyberspace, therefore they built a society in it! Isn’t it scary that how cyberspace can create an addiction to us to live a second life there and able to control it as if it is in real life.


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