Virtuality: The New Reality
I have always been fascinated by the advent of the Internet in this generation. It has certainly created a new reality that is distinct from the previous generations. Basically, the Internet has provided us a new venue where we can exist without having our body. We consider this world the virtual reality. A new reality where our material selves are separated and being transformed into a new form. Interestingly, this new formed self is basically connected with almost everybody around the world without getting in touch with their physical selves. A person would just have to enter into the virtual world through a modern gadget (Ipod, Laptop, etc) that is powered by the Internet and eventually a virtual self can already participate in the activities of the users around the world.
In a virtual reality, the users are able to communicate with one another by installing an application in their unit that would connect them to the servers of the virtual world. The users would have to register to be able for them operate under the said virtual environment. After the registration to whatever website company, the system allows the user to customize their environment, create their avatars that can be modified any time they want. The details of the avatar and the environment can be altered by the users at their own expense. Once the user is already a member of a particular virtual world, he/she can already communicate to other members of the virtual community. There is a wide range of activities that can be performed in the said virtual world. One can own a land, participate in the virtual economy, search people, places and other activities, teleport, chat, use text media or talk to other users. The avatars are flexible enough to perform basic movements such as waving, sitting, dancing or anything based on the programmers manipulation.
With this phenomenon, there has already been a debate about how real is the virtual world is. Is it more real than the physical body and the mind? Or is it just an artificial world where humans expressed their fantasies and hallucinations about the material world? I will try to provide my explanations to these issues in my next posts. For the meantime, you may offer your own speculations about the said questions…