Golovnev A. Cyberspeed

A. Golovnev - Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences St. Petersburg, Russian Federation ORCID: 0000–0002–5716–655X
E‑mail: Andrei_golovnev@bk.ru


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ABSTRACT. The article consists of the sections “Helmsmen of Cyberspace”, “Fused Spacetime and the Effect of Rapid Emotion”, “Fear of Speed and the Speed of Fear”, “Covid as a Mirror of Cyber-Revolution”, which present the origins of the concept of cyber meant “steering/control” since ancient times and today becoming the designation of a phenomenon that transforms man and the world. We witness a global cyber-revolution, when the cyber-world is becoming almost a greater reality than reality itself. The speed of the informational interactive endows this space-temporal network with the property of project-subject compression which provides an effect of quick fulfillment and turnover. Cyberspeed allows gigantic spaces and arrays of time to be compressed to instants and microparticles. A person does not always get along with a storm of web-information or a velocity of chat. Speed is often accompanied with a fear. Today, real fears are replaced by cyber-fears. The speed of fear often exceeds the speed of the source of fear. For example, it is not easy to understand what is spreading faster — the coronavirus or the fear of the coronavirus. The cessation of social life in a pandemic is fraught with explosions, and in the statics of quarantine, when fermentation replaces motion, the eruptions of unexpectedly decisive and massive protests are feasible. The resonance of connected virtual-real communication is such that an instant emotion can generate a social avalanche. Cyberspeed exposes and exaggerates what is usually hidden by the ethics of mutual containment and the rule “the morning is wiser than the evening”.


DOI 1 0.31250/2618-8600-2020-3(9)-6-32
УДК 0 04.55:316.6


KEYWORDS: speed, cyberspace, compressed spacetime, fear, coronavirus



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