capture of the imaginary is enough to motivate all sorts of behaviour in the living beings.
Jacques Lacan (1977:207)
People who never know or meet each other can become committed to a common cause by articulating a vision they all understand and support. Nationalism is based on a collective imagination because every member of a nation cannot possibly meet every other member, but they can believe in similar pictures of the nation. All communities have some sort of collective imagination.
A society or place that is perfect or ideal.
A society or place whose imperfection is perfect or who’s evil is ideal.
The collective imagination of cyberspace is called the virtual imaginary. Two poles of a utopia of immortality and heavenly cyberhosts and a dystopia of total surveillance and perfect social control structure the virtual imaginary. The virtual imaginary always appears to be almost true, because the technology needed to realise a virtual utopia or dystopia always appears to be almost ready.
Cyberpower has so far emerged as circuits of power that constitute the possibilities for individuals and societies in virtual spaces. If you begin by examining cyberspace either from the individual or from the social, then a particular type of cyberpower emerges. From the perspective of the individual, the power of