Virtual

ISBN-10: 0415281814
ISBN-13: 9780415281812
Edition: 2002
Authors: Rob Shields
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Description: Rob Shields unravels the origins and the many contemporary meanings of thevirtualas a concept. Shields dissects the history of the virtual world and takes his analysis beyond the technologies themselves to show how the virtual has infiltrated our  More...

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Book details

List price: $61.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/23/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

Rob Shields unravels the origins and the many contemporary meanings of thevirtualas a concept. Shields dissects the history of the virtual world and takes his analysis beyond the technologies themselves to show how the virtual has infiltrated our daily lives at every level. From the moral panics over paedophile stalkers on the net to the automated telemarketing that interrupts our dinners and clogs our answer phones to the laptops which keep us connected to the office twenty four hours a day, technology has become an integral part of modern living. With insight and clarity,The Virtualreveals how technology has become virtually entwined in contemporary society.

Introduction
The Return of the Virtual
The Virtual and the Real
Digital Virtualities
Virtual Africa
Joystick Generation
Work: Virtual working
Business Sense for a Virtual World
Risk, Trust and the Virtual
Conclusion: The future and the virtual

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