Interactive Realism: The Poetics of Cyberspace
By: Daniel Downes (author)Paperback
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It is commonplace in our digitized world to think that technology is the primary agent of psychological and social change. In "Interactive Realism" Daniel Downes argues that it continues to be people who construct social reality through their interactions, critiquing the "tranformative turn" in media studies. Distinguishing between the Internet, a communication system, and cyberspace, an environment for human exchange, the author provides a framework for exploring the metaphors and images used in cyberspace to represent and model social reality. He clarifies how these symbolic interactions are linked to the technologies used to create, store, and transmit them and to their social context.Drawing on examples from digital games, web design, film, and photography, the author shows how individual experiences are calibrated by technology and how digital communication contributes to broader processes such as community building and public memory. Downes articulates a nuanced form of media ecology that does not focus on a single cause of change but rather on the relationships between embodied experience, communication systems, and representations.
"Interactive Realism" establishes a new method for understanding the importance of digital media to the construction of social reality.
Daniel Downes is assistant professor and coordinator of the Information and Communication Studies Program, University of New Brunswick at Saint John.
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