Virtual worlds: a journey in hype and hyperreality

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Penguin books, 1993 - Computers - 274 pages
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In Virtual Worlds, Benjamin Woolley examines the reality of virtual reality. He looks at the dramatic intellectual and cultural upheavals that gave birth to it, the hype that surrounds it, the people who have promoted it, and the dramatic implications of its development. Virtual reality is not simply a technology, it is a way of thinking created and promoted by a group of technologists and thinkers that sees itself as creating our future. Virtual Worlds reveals the politics and culture of these virtual realists, and examines whether they are creating reality, or losing their grasp of it. 12 photographs.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Euphoria
11
Simulation
39
Copyright

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About the author (1993)

Benjamin Woolley is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He is the author of the best-selling "The Queen's Conjuror: The Life and Magic of Dr. John Dee" and "Heal Thyself: Nicholas Culpeper and the Civil War for the Heart of Medicine in Seventeenth-Century England". His first book, "Virtual Worlds", was short-listed for the RhOne-Poulenc Prize and has been translated into eight languages. His second work, "The Bride of Science", examined the life of Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron's daughter. He has written and presented documentaries for the BBC on subjects ranging from the fight for liberty during the English Civil War to the end of the Space Age. He has won the Arts Journalist of the Year Award and an Emmy for his commentary for Discovery's "Three Minutes to Impact". He lives in London.

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