Mitchell's City of Bits: Commentary and Discussion

Spatiality in the Net

Seth Landy

I found the topic of spatiality in the Net interesting. Mitchell talks about how "The Net negates geometry." In other words, one cannot use spatial relations to describe the that which can be found on the Net. Further, or perhaps therefore, location is no longer a useful means of identification. This forms a very interesting contrast. As Mitchell points out, "In the standard sort of spatial city, where you are frequently tells who you are." How then do we identify ourselves on the Net? More importantly, is the ability to identify ourselves on the Net one that should be given more consideration? I am sure some people appreciate the safe haven that the Net provides. Would establishing a means of identification, if it were possible, ruin some of the attractiveness of the Net? I would be curious to hear how my classmates feel about some of these issues.