Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Communication and Cyberspace Chapters 5, 6, 7, 14

Chapter 5 is titled "Back to Plato's Cave: Virtual Reality." In this chapter, author Herbert Zettl argues that VR is an art form that has aesthetics such as 3D representation, motion, and sound that can be analyzed much in the same way that we analyze other media. He also compares VR to Plato's Allegory of the Cave. Although VR has some helpful uses that can be applied in scientific and medical fields, it also has been used to depict violence, rape, and murder scenes. 

Chapter 6 is titled "Dramatism and Virtual Reality: Implications and Predictions." The author argues that VR can be understood and function as a form of rhetoric and its performative value. Using VR, he argues, involves performing virtual acts on virtual screens. 

Chapter 7 is titled "Virtual Reality and the Redefinition of the Self." The author, Jay David Bolter, argues that there is a battle between text-based media in cyberspace and graphics-based media, and how it relates to the use of VR. He also discuses philosophical implications of VR and how it refutes many long-held ideas. 

Chapter 14 is titled "Cyberspace: Creating Paradoxes for the Ecology of Self." The author writes about topics pertaining to VR and cyberspace and how they related to self-conception. She describes the conception of the self in terms of ecology. She writes that the ecology of self will dissolve when all communications technologies become a part of our senses.

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