This article engages with the question of the otherness of cyberspace, VR, and hypertext, and how they are
distinguished as “new” from “the traditional.” It begins by noting how this “new” present is distinguished by familiar
binary oppositions like now vs. past and modern vs. traditional which rely on the notion of a new that is uncontaminated
by the old. Both our enthusiasm for the singularly liberating nature of this new future as cybertechnophiles, and our
Luddite resistance to its singularly fascistic and panoptic encirclement are similarly informed by this binary opposition.
The paper then notes how the other in this opposition is a “domestic other.” Thus we always-already know what the
other is all about. Arguing that if the other were radically other and not “domesticated,” one could not give an account
of it in this way, the paper concludes that such alterity requires a rethinking of how one knows the other. The difference
between this “wild” other and the “domestic” other is not an external difference but is radical; it is at the root. Therefore,
our notions of space, reality, and text need to be complicated and rethought to accommodate what they seem to
oppose: cyberspace, virtual reality, and hypertext.
Keywords: Spacing, alterity, differance, supplement, worlding
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