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The virtual

Author: Rob Shields
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2003.
Series: Key ideas.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book looks at the origins and the many contemporary meanings of the virtual. Rob Shields shows how the construction of virtual worlds has a long history. He examines the many forms of faith and hysteria that have surrounded computer technologies in recent years. Moving beyond the technologies themselves he shows how the virtual plays a role in our daily lives at every level. The virtual is also an essential  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rob Shields
ISBN: 0415281806 9780415281805 0415281814 9780415281812 9780203987186 0203987187
OCLC Number: 50410277
Description: xvi, 246 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction 1. The Return of the Virtual ---
2. The Virtual and the Real ---
3. Digital Virtualities ---
4. Virtual Africa ---
5. Joystick Generation ---
6. Work: Virtual working ---
7. Business Sense for a Virtual World ---
8. Risk, Trust and the Virtual ---
9. The future and the virtual.
Series Title: Key ideas.
Responsibility: Rob Shields.
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Argues that the virtual has become one of the key organising principles of contemporary society for the public realms of politics and business as well as private life from sex to shopping.  Read more...

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"Rob Shields has written an encyclopedia of the virtual that will prove to be as indispensable to the layman as to the researcher."-Pierre Levy, Canada Research Chair on Collective Intelligence, Read more...

 
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