Tag Archive > cybersphere

Facebook as panopticon

No-one knows about the time me and my pimply mates raided our parents’ liquor cabinets and made what turned out to be Piña Spewada cocktails.
And the night I wore a black plastic garbage bag teamed with a bevy of studded belts to the local Blue Light disco?
Never happened. (Though if it had, my 7.34pm wardrobe [...]

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Slut shaming and safe sexting

Safe sex used to be simple. Step A: take one vending machine prophylactic. Step B: use it.
These days, everything is much more complicated. These days, protecting yourself from “going viral” may also involve checking for hidden webcams and erasing your ex-partner’s flash drive.
Most of Australia is now familiar with the case of the 18-year-old Australian [...]

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Are we getting nastier or is our nastiness simply getting more Google-able?

Like kitsch, schnauzer and – to a lesser extent – gemütlichkeit*, schadenfreude is one of those excitingly guttural expressions that has hitchhiked its way from Germany into English-speaking countries such as Australia.
The loanword is a combination of Schaden (harm) and freude (joy), and describes pleasure taken in other people’s misfortunes.
It’s a phenomenon which can be [...]

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Recreational nastiness sets internet freedom in flames

The internet is emerging as one of the big heroes of the pro-democracy, anti-despot movement in the Middle East. It’s regarded as being right up there with that courageous Muammar Gaddafi impersonator who has been suggesting absent members of the Libyan army are simply retreating to rest and relax.
Thanks to the cybersphere, Arabic members of generation [...]

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The dangers of the digilantes

A NEW generation of guerilla fighters is stalking the planet. These brutal underground warriors are vastly outnumbered by their enemies but still they battle on, armed only with their wits, their supportive websites and their ability to make Nigerians they’ve never met photograph themselves with “sheep shagger” signs and toilet seats on their heads.
They are [...]

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