Can we generalize the cyberworld?

In all the readings we discussed, I think it important to note that the authors are coming from specific geographic and cultural locations, North America, in particular.  Assessments made by Nakamura in particular really affect English speaking users, and probably  most specifically American English users.  I don’t know about everyone else, but because English is my native language I spend 90% of my time on English sites and very few on sites in other languages, which means I’m definitely not experiencing the majority of the web.  However, I think it is important to think about American internet users, since there’s a lot.

While I agree that the internet is no utopia, I think we have to be careful about making generalizations for all users, and even all white users, and all users of color, all male users, all female users, etc.  Cultural differences are not just between the U.S. and other nations, but between regions of the United States.  I think it would be interesting, but probably impossible to find out what users are the most to cybertype, by region, gender, age, or other categories.  Because my real world culture and experiences comes with me online, different real world cultures might act different online.  However, I do notice that different places online also promote different kinds of behavior (like lots of racism on YouTube), perhaps different websites themselves make it easier or harder for cybertyping.

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