Really interesting questions and thanks for the Kirby reference–I’m interested in cinematic constructions of time and space, especially as they brush up against the electronic/digital. I’m having a hard time imagining an alternative to the spatial metaphors. My immediate response is to try and think through time, but maybe neither measure is adequate to describing the electronic.
I was struck by the oddly recuperative metaphor of “the corner bar” that Rheingold uses to describe the WELL. I realize that one of Rheingold’s goals may be to make the unfamiliar feel safe. As I write, the one potentially non-spatial metaphor that I can think of is the rhizome. There is connectivity, but I don’t *think* it necessarily relies on spatial metaphors, but that might just be my second cup of coffee kicking in.