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Virtuality and Ambiguity

in Holding On to Reality

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780226066257
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066226 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226066226.003.0015
Virtuality and Ambiguity

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Technological information in any rendition of its basic structure is humanely unrealizable. Semantic resolution of information and human skills of realization are inversely proportional. Technological information is the heart and soul of virtual reality whatever the changes are. The divergence of actual and virtual reality has introduced a new kind of ambiguity into contemporary culture. Virtual reality seems to a burst of fluorescence that dispels the darkness or ordinary life and reveals another more luminous reality. Virtuality can spread a fog of virtual confusion and blur the shape of things and events with glamour and triviality. Eros and thanatos, the erotic life and the solemnity of death, are two of the great forces of the human condition that have particularly suffered glamorization and trivialization.

Keywords: technological information; basic structure; virtual reality; ambiguity; eros; thanatos

Chapter.  5579 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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