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20. Turmoil At The Anthill Threshold

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While Hamlet’s old castle is crumbling, a new one is being built by the new set of human values. This chapter reflects on some of the changes in human values that are being brought about by the increasing time-compactness of the globe. By human values the author means the family of collectively formulated guidelines concerning what is to be regarded as true, good, and beautiful. The term “cyberspace” first appeared in a science fiction story in 1981. In the turmoil of Hamlet’s crumbling castles, have human values failed us? The cyberspaced world, with its ruins of Hamlet’s castles, with its need for reciprocal literacy, and with its search for new fortresses to protect its inhabitants from the metaphysical winds that blow through the universe, is very much on the march.

Keywords: cyberspaced world; Hamlet’s old castle; human values; Turmoil

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