This Virtual Life: Escapism and Simulation in Our Media World

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Fusion, 2001 - Computers - 275 pages
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As the media becomes more sophisticated and lifelike, we spend more and moreime in front of television screens. Distinguished psychologist Andrew Evansxamines this warping of reality, and asks where such a path will lead us.;he 21st century presents serious challenges to us all. However, our childrenre growing up thinking the world can be saved by super-heroes, crashedlanes start again at the flick of a switch and people come back to life forhe next round. The author looks at the effects of this distortion of reality.aybe our need to escape the boredom and routine of every day life is beingxploited by the companies who make money by selling us fantasy andimulation. From humour and comedy, to science fiction and computer games,vans examines the variety of distractions available to take our minds offhe daily grind. But how does this new media affect today's children? Whatill be their future tomorrow? And have we become so reliant on escapistantasy that reality can no longer be faced?

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Contents

Perception and Representation
7
Reality Deception and Spin
31
What is Escapism?
53
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Evans is Professor of Law at the European University Institute in Florence and Professor at the University of Ulmea in Sweden.

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