Reality is much bigger than that.
We are in the cloud and we are wearing it . . . The computer is an instrument whose music is ideas. The augmented conversation is Jazz. David A. Smith at FCVW 2011
We say, "Music shall fill the air." We never say, "Music shall fill a particular segment of the air." Marshall McLuhan in The Medium is the MassageEarly adopters of the horseless carriage didn't have the faintest clue that automobiles would eventually transform almost every aspect of life: wars; suburbanization; integration; retail chains; woman's liberation; climate change, etc. The conversations we tend to have today in the avatar community about virtual worlds are analogous to early car adopters getting worked up about Henry Ford's decisions on pricing and features for the latest version of the Model T.
From our present vantage point we can clearly see that those kinds of issues about the automobile might have been compelling and necessary in the short run, but didn't really matter in the long run. So over the next few posts, I'm going to try rise above the ground clutter and think about the virtual world from a more expansive and inclusive perspective. Wish me luck!
It's no longer virtual worlds, but a virtual world. Sandy Kearney at FCVW 2011
Our technology forces us to live mythically, but we continue to think fragmentarily, and on single, separate planes. Marshall McLuhan