Cyberspaces create heterotopia and the identity of the users is problematic or it is questioned. Whenever we use cyberspace to voice the “I” is considered as “we”. Online identities are tailored; you can select gender, race and ethnicity. People choose what to show and create a virtual identity that may or may not be real in other spaces than cyberspace.
Initially cyberspace was thought to have a positive effect on people as it has the involvement factor attached to it. People on cyberspace are playing their roles in virtual reality hence; it was assumed that this role play will be a therapy for the ones using it. Not only this, cyberspace was and still resourceful for the “queers”.
This person entered the community as a queer and met people through the website. He use to visit and kill the men. After this story, I read an article that gays and lesbians are no more secured because of such people. Here, it was evident that cyberspace happened to be the link between people of common interests. For certain group and minority cyberspace has a lot of liberty.
- What is cyberspace for?
- Who has the power?
- What are the limits?
- Who can use and for what?
Foucault writes about spaces in much detail , he says that “site” is the extension of the real space that makes cyberspace the interaction of sites. He categorizes cyberspace as heterotopia, that causes us to re-examine the very question of space in itself. Heterotopia is a placeless place like a mirror does to us. It creates a virtual image of our real self, we do not dwell in the mirror where we can see our image.
Cyberspace being the utopian space with no real space but are in relation with the real space of society, questioning its space itself.