As we continue to look at how computers and the internet evolved in our history, we can look deeper into the ideas and thoughts that people had at this time. For example, packet switching was a method of grouping data and it was seen as unorganised and chaotic.
Society still saw this evolving technology as dangerous and scary. These new networks were seen as a new kind of space beyond material boarders, free flow of information, ‘thought, nothing but thought’.
The concept ‘Cyberspace’ was then created, it describes wide spread, interconnected digital technology. But what I found really interesting about it is that it was referred to as “consensual hallucination”.
“Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts… A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding…”
― William Gibson, Neuromancer