Porn sites are not today’s sole web sites interfering with real relationships.
Other online-overtures are also busy creating the illusion of a maximal availability of never-ending supplies of alternative partners and in that way secretly, clandestinely and through the back door undermine actual relationships.
he perpetrated on Lambda MOO is widely known among professionals in computers and writing and others interested in Internet culture, online communication, and virtual communities.
Julian Dibbell brought the case to popular attention in his 1993 Village Voice article, "A Rape in Cyberspace," and it soon found its way into scholarly discussions cyberspace, particularly on questions of subjectivity in online environments and the nature of online communities (see Mnookin for one example).
Why not register at just for fun, just to see what my chances are . We already met the first two – anonymity and convenience on the subject online-pornography.
The user also lives protected by a virtual identity, never must reveal him/herself, when things start to get uncomfortable, his dreams, desires can “disappear” with a click.
Dibbell seems to stumble on this very point when he describes the phenomenon of online sexual encounters (or "virtual sex" or "netsex"): To participate . (452) Utimately, I wish to suggest, this is precisely why the "rape" in cyberspace matters.
And this is a crucial point, for the virtual environment of the MOO dramatically illustrates the separation of the intellectual self (mind) from the physical world (body).
Much has been made in the professional literature of the ways in which online environments demonstrate postmodern "fragmented subjectivities," but even if we assume that the self we present online--in a MOO or a chat room or on a listserv--is our "true" or "real" self, a stable and definable entity, it is still a disembodied self, an intellectual self; it is a self that is separate from the physical world.
As Dibbell puts it, [W]hile a certain tension invariably buzzes in the gap between the hard, prosaic RL [real-life] facts and their more fluid, dreamy VR [virtual reality] counterparts, the dissonance in the Bungle case is striking.
No hideous clowns or trickster spirits appear in the RL version of the incident, no voodoo dolls or wizard guns, indeed no rape at all as any RL court of law has defined it.