Cyberspace as Time, Not Space

David Gelernter, writing in Wired, argues that time – not space – is emerging as the defining metaphor of the Internet.

That’s good news for legal scholars; a decade ago, a bunch of us (including me) fought some not-quite-pitched battles over whether and how the cyberspace-as-place (or space) metaphor should be interpreted and applied in law and policy settings (walled gardens, digital locks and digital fences, and all of that).  Be on the lookout for a new round of pieces making equivalent claims about cyberspace-as-stream.

Self-promotion alert:  A decade ago, I hedged my metaphorical bets with this speculative paper about the law and policy implications of a time-related metaphor:  cyberspace-as-story.