Identity in Reality and Cyberspace Essay

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Identity in Reality and Cyberspace

According to Websters College Dictionary, identity is defined as, "the state or fact of remaining the same one, as under varying aspects or conditions." There are many claims made about the nature of identity in cyberspace. Such claims about the Internet is that you can act or express your personal opinions as another, without anybody knowing your true identity. I feel that being another identity can be very controversial and constructive at the same time. These types of aspects of changing yourself can be seen in online environments which can be over-abused and perceived as a way to express yourself and ideas.

People have many different experiences using the Internet. There are many claims and
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Another claim made about the nature of identity in cyberspace is the chance to act in a way in which you would not in reality. An online example of this is in Ehrenreich's, "Put Your Pants On, Demonboy." The first time she signed on to AOL and wandered in it was in the chat rooms because she never explored that area before. She noticed that in the chat rooms, people were conversing, but were also debating, insulting, and arguing with each other. Her article was based on an online character named "Demonboy," who was male and at the age of puberty. This young boy only wanted one thing, and that was cybersex. Unfortunately, Ehrenreich was chosen as his next victim. Demonboy invited her to join him into a "private room." She thought he just wanted to chat personally and privately with her. What she soon realized though was that he was looking for sex, after telling her, "I'm taking off my pants and running my tongue inside your thighs" (Ehrenreich 80). Ehrenreich clicked out of the room quickly because she did not know what to do at the time. She wrote this article to show that she has no objection to sex on the net because it is the only ultimate safe sex to have, especially for a boy of 14-years-old.

Both Kornbluth and Ehrenreich believed that the Internet promised more than what they experienced. Both explored the chat area and they received different responses that were positive and negative. Because of their initial reactions, this is what

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