Arts 3091 Week 5 Post – Reality
To me, for long I have been thinking that virtual means unreal. However this week’s readings and lectures have proven me that virtual can be real. The contemporary media technologies have provided us platforms to create and participate differently in the virtual world, for instance people who are playing World of Worldcraft are maintain a virtual world and also participating in it. The Wikipedia reading has stated out the most obvious example of how real can the virtual be. The wiki post describes about the term Virtual Reality, which it basically simulates the physical presence in places of the real world and the imaginary worlds by applying to computer-simulated environments. The most common virtual reality experience is more on visual’s aspect, yet some simulations also include additional sensory information like audio via speakers or headphones.
Another reading from the course outline raises a discussion of whether the virtual is real. It states that there are two sides of reality – virtual ad actual (Murphie, 2011). Virtual basically reverse or past in the present while actual is the movement of how virtual actualises. How can virtual links to ideas? When we think of an idea, we used to recall them from our short/long term memory, or even from third party memory (e.g. internet) (Murphie, 2011). However, when we recall ideas in a particular way, it actually keeps changing according to that way (Murphie, 2011). New ideas may comes out when we recall an idea, thus a rich interaction between them may produces (Murphie, 2011). Also, when differentiation of ideas is produced, ideas seem to contain a particular energy of the differences (Murphie, 2011). Our ideas are virtual, yet it has a potential to be actualized. For instance, when we are having discussion in our tutorial, we are actually actualising our ideas when we express our ideas by speaking up.
Last, the reading states that virtual is not just having the potential to be actualised, but also be de-actualised (Murphie, 2011). We could observe the de-actualised easily when nowadays people tend to work on office work with their phones, computer etc. We couldn’t estimate how much computer power they have used and where they exactly are in the virtual world (Murphie, 2011).
After doing the reading, I now reckon that virtual can be real and actual. Yet many people still doubt that whether it is real as the technologies nowadays still haven’t got the ability to make the virtual fully real. However I believe that the virtual could have the potential to be entirely real in the future when the technologies are well developed.
Murphie, A (2011), Advanced Media Issues: New Media, Cultural and Social Change Study Kit, Sydney: UNSW