The Social Imaginary of Virtual Worlds

Patrice Flichy

in The Oxford Handbook of Virtuality

Published in print February 2014 | ISBN: 9780199826162
Published online December 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Music

The Social Imaginary of Virtual Worlds

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This chapter examines issues related to the social imaginary of virtual worlds. It analyzes how common representations take shape between different stakeholders concerned with a technology and considers the imaginatively created common world required to invent and develop a technical device such as virtual reality. It also discusses how the two salient characteristics of the socio-technical imaginary emerge. These include the imaginary as a constituent element of identity and of the coherence of a human group and as offering alternatives for exploring possibilities for creating innovation.

Keywords: social imaginary; virtual worlds; technology; virtual reality; socio-technical imaginary; element of identity; innovation

Article.  6611 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music and Media ; Applied Music

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