Hybrid Space - Elina Brukle

Assignment #3 - Hybrid Space

I have chosen to explain the idea and opportunities of discerning hybrid space around us using a simple and well-known example - usage of the Twitter site. Twitter, as stated on the official website, is a real-time information network powered by people all around the world that lets you share and discover what’s happening now. Without the traditional distinction between physical and digital spaces, a hybrid space occurs when one no longer needs to go out of physical space to get in touch with digital environments (Adriana de Souza e Silva, p. 264).

It is possible to access the Twitter site and post your 140 character long message using your laptop or mobile device. That is one example of the widespread possibility of being always connected to people you know, but, of course, through another reality that is being created by anyone who is interested.
Mobile interfaces such as cell phones allow users to be constantly connected to the Internet while walking through urban spaces (Andriana de Souza e Silva, p. 261). So it is possible to immediately create a post „right on the spot” – whether it is home, school, coffee shop or even the middle of a crowded street. The same about receiving the latest news from the people that you are following and it doesn`t matter whether it is something global and widely important or just a message about your friend`s today`s dinner menu. The site allows you to convert the reality you experiance at this very moment to the virtual one that you choose to share with your friends and followers. Because of simplicity of this action a person really does not realize entering another reality – the borders between them are blured. Entering the Twitter site a person doesn`t leave his/her objective reality, but somehow that is a form of manifesting one reality to another.
So in this case a hybrid space occurs anywhere where the Twitter site is being used (and that requires the device and accessibility of Internet).

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