If you think about the differences we've looked at, they're actually
differences in time, space, and who we are.
Time. If it's Wednesday and you just found an exciting shell,
you'll have to wait a week to tell the real world Shell Club about
it. But, if you were on a mailing list, you'd send out an email
on Wednesday afternoon. People would read it whenever they wanted.
People would respond when they wanted. The conversation isn't confined
just to Tuesday afternoon. It's always there, going on with you
or without you. You can jump in when you want.
Space. In the real world, you live here and I live ten miles
away, so we don't see each other very much. And Paolo lives thousands
of miles away in Italy and Indira lives another few thousand miles
away in India. Real-world space separates us. On the Web, we are
not separated by space. We are joined ... by email,
chat, instant messaging and by hyperlinks.
Who we are. Because space makes it hard to move around,
we live in one place and are pretty much the same person day after
day. But we can duck in and out of the Web, trying out being different
types of people. The self we sometimes feel stuck with in the real
world gets unstuck on the Web.
If time, space and who we are is different on the Web, then it
is a most remarkable place.
Links to Explore
History of Time
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