We may all be facing different storms, from time to time, but we are obviously sailing in the same boat – the boat of digital posthumanism. More than any other period in documented human civilization, the digital infrastructure has become the central nerve in social production and reproduction. Across oceans, mountains, and deserts, the digital conflagration spreads like wildfire, consuming and altering all that dare splay in its path. Everywhere are digital traces: images, texts, sounds, or a combination of these three elements.
The digital stampede has heralded the creation of a borderless and virtual world. It is a nation with an ever-growing population. But the radical shift from the physical to the virtual has been a source of confusion for the traditional systems that were constructed to last a thousand years, but now becoming obsolete. With the neoliberal approach, industrious entrepreneurs have experimented with ways of appropriating the common property that is the internet; and political authorities have reacted with laws and technologies of control. But how elusive are these laws and controls, how sustainable are these approaches in an increasingly cybernetic world?