Virtual Realism

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1. VR 101; 2. Virtual Realism; 3. The Art of Virtual Reality; 4. Interactive Design: Tunnel or Spiral?; 5. InfoEcology; 6. Nature and Cyberspace; 7. AWS and UFOs; Notes on Artists and Art Works; Vocabulary of Virtual Realism; Bibliography for Further Reading; Index
Virtual reality has introduced what is literally a new dimension of reality to daily life. But it is not without controversy. Indeed, some say that a collision is inevitable between those passionately involved in the computer industry and those increasingly alienated from (and often replacedby) its applications. Opinions range from the cyberpunk attitude of Wired magazine and Bill Gates's commercial optimism to the violent opposition of the Unabomber. Now, with Virtual Realism, readers have a thought-provoking guide to the "cyberspace backlash" debate and the implications of cyberspacefor our culture. Michael Heim offers a comprehensive introduction to virtual reality and a provocative commentary on its present and future impact on our lives. Heim describes the fascinating and important industrial and military uses of virtual reality, as well as its artistic and entertainment applications.He argues that we must balance the idealist's enthusiasm for computerized life with the need to ground ourselves more deeply in primary reality. This "uneasy balance" he calls virtual realism.
Autor: Michael Heim
Michael Heim is lecturer at the California State University Extension, Long Beach. He is the author of the award-winning The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality (OUP, 1993) and the ground-breaking Electric Language (1987).

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Autor: Michael Heim
ISBN-13 :: 9780195138740
ISBN: 0195138740
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.04.2000
Verlag: OXFORD UNIV PR
Gewicht: 390g
Seiten: 264
Sprache: Englisch
Auflage Revised
Sonstiges: Taschenbuch, 229x152x15 mm
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