Marie Farholt

My example of a place marked by hybrid space is every shop that accepts visa card or other credit cards as payment. The use of a visa card allows the owner to communicate digitally with the bank, while communicating directly with a shop assistant.
The great rate of users of internet shops has enlarged the hybrid space surrounding the visa card, as it has made it possible to make a transaction in every place that facilitates the use of internet, which is pretty much everywhere by now.
According to de Souza e Silva "Hybrid spaces merge the physical and the digital in a social environment created by the mobility of users connected via mobile technology devices." (p. 263) The social environment of all owners of a visa card and all shops, services and internetshops has been widely expanded by the possibility of transmitting a digital code to the bank (either online or using a credit card device in a shop), which on the other side transmits an "approval" or "permission" of the purchase in question.


The use of a visa card locates you physically (in a shop) or digitally (on a computer), places you in a global system of consuming, and makes you trackable. In this way, the use of a visa card can be seen as part of the concept of being constantly online (using facebook, cellphones etc.), but also as a contributor to a system of surveillance, i.e. allowing the use of a transaction in court
as evidence of a persons whereabouts at a certain time.

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