We can never own the new digital spaces that are springing up around us, we can only inhabit them. Like the spaces that we ‘physically’ move through; the rooms of our home, the countryside, and the city – we have never, ever owned any of these.
Corollary. – The zones of your digital life – your Facebook page, your Gmail inbox, your Kindle Library are data owned by a corporation and thus you have a licence to interact with them only. To create your own digital space is to break out of this relationship, but then all that has been created is a private data set, a vast series of 1’s and 0’s, that can be traversed infinitely – a self created construct, a prison, your personal Library of Babel. The only path to freedom from this digital angst is to understand the nature of ‘ownership’ – it is an illusion. Consider property – it is likely that the house that you own will one day be inhabited by many complete strangers before it is knocked down or falls down due to entropy – therefore houses own people. Think of it this way – the mind is owned by the things around it that it experiences, whether these things are ‘real’ or not is of no importance.
– Your Joyful Benefactor