Digital Sensations: Space, Identity, And Embodiment In Virtual Reality

Digital Sensations Space Identity And Embodiment In Virtual Reality Virtual reality is in the news and in the movies on TV and in the air Why is the technology or the idea so prevalent precisely now What does it mean what does it do to us Digital Sensations looks clo

  • Title: Digital Sensations: Space, Identity, And Embodiment In Virtual Reality
  • Author: Ken Hillis
  • ISBN: 9780816632510
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Paperback
  • Virtual reality is in the news and in the movies, on TV and in the air Why is the technology or the idea so prevalent precisely now What does it mean what does it do to us Digital Sensations looks closely at the ways representational forms generated by communication technologies especially digital optical virtual technologies affect the lived world.VVirtual reality is in the news and in the movies, on TV and in the air Why is the technology or the idea so prevalent precisely now What does it mean what does it do to us Digital Sensations looks closely at the ways representational forms generated by communication technologies especially digital optical virtual technologies affect the lived world.Virtual reality, or VR, is a technological reproduction of the process of perceiving the real yet that process is filtered through the social realities and embedded cultural assumptions about human bodies, perception, and space held by the technology s creators.Through critical histories of the technology of vision, light, space, and embodiment Ken Hillis traces the various and often contradictory intellectual and metaphysical impulses behind the Western transcendental wish to achieve an ever perfect copy of the real Because virtual technologies are new, these histories also address the often unintended and underconsidered consequences such as alienating new forms of surveillance and commodification flowing from their rapid dissemination Current and proposed virtual technologies reflect a Western desire to escape the body Hillis says.Exploring topics from VR and other, earlier visual technologies, Hillis s penetrating perspective on the cultural power of place and space broadens our view of the interplay between social relations and technology.

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