Digital Reality: The Body and Digital Technologies (Hardcover)

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Digital Reality: The Body and Digital Technologies (Hardcover)


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As contemporary scholars, journalists, and commentators have indicated, mobile digital devices promote a constant shift of attention between the world around us and the stimulations afforded by screen-based interfaces. Investigating these uniquely contemporary hybrid interactions, Melanie Chan posits that while digital technologies are part of a long and historic trajectory, they nonetheless may instigate new forms of corporeal practices and experiences. How might continuous engagement with mobile devices and associated software impact our perception of sensory embodied experience?

Drawing upon existing scholarship around mobile media and new media, Digital Realityexplores digital technologies as phenomena (observable items such as such as smart-phones, handsets, consoles, head-mounted displays and goggles) in the light of theories of reality and corporeality. In so doing, the book highlights the qualitative dimensions of our sense of aliveness, movement, and interaction within a range of environments (virtual, real, or hybrid). Ultimately, the book illuminates how our sense of shared, objective reality changes due to hybrid forms of reality.
Melanie Chan is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication Cultures at Leeds Beckett University, UK. She is the author of Virtual Reality: Representations in Contemporary Media (Bloomsbury, 2015), and she has written numerous articles and essays on virtual reality, mobile media, and digital culture.

Product Details ISBN: 9781501341052
ISBN-10: 1501341057
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: September 17th, 2020
Pages: 208
Language: English