Our Cyborg Selves

Both Dibbell's "A Rape in Cyberspace" and Turkle's Who Am We?" deal with the composition of identity in the cyber world. Finding gray areas and transgressions between VR (virtual reality) and RL (real life) appears to be their specialty. Understanding the significance of cyber spaces, societies, and relationships blurs the common separation between the real and the virtual, the body and the mind. Central to this reconstituted person is "thinking about the self as a multiple, distributed system-- a decentered self that exists in many worlds" (Turkle, 237).

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