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BEC0MING VIRTUAL: REALITY in the DIGITAL AGE *

LEVY, Pierre

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ISBN 10: 0306457881 / ISBN 13: 9780306457883
Published by Plenum Publishing Corporation, New York, New York, U.S.A. * * * * *, 1998
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B00k: As New, $97.98 0306457881 Becoming Virtual Levy, Pierre Plenum Pr 1998 1sT Edition, 1sT Printing Glossy White Spine With Title In Black Letters, Dust Jacket: Fine/ Or Better, Almost As New, Only Because The Dust Jacket Bottom And Top Edges Show The Slightest Of Shelf Ware. Hard Cover B00k: As New/, 207 Pages Are Un Read And Clean And Tight To The Spine. This Book Is Hard, And Expensive, To Find, Will Make An Excellent Addition To Your Own Personal Library Collection, Or As A Gift. Bookseller Inventory # 010388

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Title: BEC0MING VIRTUAL: REALITY in the DIGITAL AGE...

Publisher: Plenum Publishing Corporation, New York, New York, U.S.A. * * * * *

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Plenum Publishing Corporation

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Virtual reality is a phenomenon that captivates people of all ages and all levels of technical expertise. It appears on the Internet and in computer games, and is used, among other places, in high-tech software for doctors, engineers, and scientists. But, is it really something new? And how does it affect us?

Examining the social and cultural impact of new digital technologies, Levy tackles the concept of "the virtual," demonstrating how it has always been an enduring component of the human mind. He shows how the body, the text, and the economy, are made virtual. He then reveals how the Internet and web sites are now transforming the virtual into a "collective intelligence" linked to digital communication.Succinct, accessible, and profound, Becoming Virtual is an intellectual tour de force from one of France's most brilliant young thinkers.

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Pierre Levy takes a fresh look at the whole idea of what is virtual. He's responding to the widespread belief, and sometimes even panic, that a digital society with emphasis on virtual interactions is necessarily depersonalizing. He takes particular exception to the notion that "virtual" and "real" are opposites. Instead, Levy argues that virtuality is one of four modes of existence, the rest of which he describes as reality, possibility, and actuality. Each is defined in terms of its relationship with its environment.

In following Levy's world view, you may find that he interprets some or all of those terms in ways you're not used to, but the result is an interesting new approach to what it means to be part of an increasingly digital world. He examines the virtualization of several elements our society: the corporal body, text, the economy, language, technology, contracts, intelligence, subjects, and objects. What he finds is not a destruction of the personal so much as a transformation. Virtualization adds to, but does not replace, the real, the possible, and the actual. By understanding what virtualization means and involves, Levy believes that society will gain a greater variety of options for interaction in all areas. Becoming Virtual is a serious philosophical work, dense with ideas. It demands a lot from the reader, but rewards with an intriguing new perspective on inevitable social change. --Elizabeth Lewis

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