Rikke Martine Bruun Meyer Hybrid

My hybrid space is (still) my computer..
Our use of the internet (cyberspace) has exploded over the last years. But what before was an activity possible only on a computer, the cyberspace has now moved in to our everyday life and activity and transformed itself into a hybrid space. As Adriana de Souza e Silva writes in her text Mobile Technologies as Interfaces of Hybrid Spaces: “Because mobile devices create a more dynamic relationship with the Internet, embedding it in outdoor, everyday activities, we can no longer address the disconnection between physical and digital spaces. I name this new type of space hybrid space” (Adriana de Souza e Silva, Mobile Technologies as Interfaces of Hybrid Spaces, p. 262), new media gives us new possibilities of accessing the internet. Being online has been incorporated in to our way of living and “hybrid spaces merge the physical and the digital in a social environment created by the mobility of users connected via mobile technology devices”. And Adriana de Souza e Silva continues: “Because many mobile devices are constantly connected to the Internet (…) users do not perceive physical and digital spaces as separate entities and do not have the feeling of “entering” the Internet, or being immersed in digital spaces, as was generally the case when one needed to sit down in front of a computer screen and dial a connection”. (Adriana de Souza e Silva, Mobile Technologies as Interfaces of Hybrid Spaces, p. 262). Our mobile phones have now accessed the internet which means that is difficult to change our status of being online to offline. We use it to navigate our way through the hybrid space, it navigates us around as a GPS, we can chat with friends (on Facebook), check personal information etc. this also means, that we leave digital traces wherever we go – it is no longer possible to hide from the world. There is always a surveillance camera that has spotted you, a transaction somewhere that leaves a trace of you. Hybrid space is a movement away from the computer and out in “real life”. It no longer makes sense to distinguish between life online and the reality. The hybrid space is everywhere we go – especially in the big cities in whatever form possible.
The picture depicts the way I enter the hybrid space, being online using my computer out in public. For me personally being online in hybrid space is not as extreme as described above, my mobile phone is old and crappy and unable to enter the internet and I don’t own a GPS or other devices that can make me accessible to the online world. My hybrid space is my mobile-internet-access-thingy which I take with me everywhere I go, because when it comes to it, I am just as addicted on being online as everyone else even though I still have to use my computer as my access point to hybrid space.

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