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Author Langan, Thomas.
Title Surviving the age of virtual reality / Thomas Langan.
Imprint Columbia : University of Missouri Press, [2000]
©2000

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Subject Meaning (Philosophy)
Civilization, Modern -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource (184 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Where Are We? -- Introduction: Welcome to the HTXI -- The Seeds of the HTX -- The Essence and Anatomy of the HTX -- The Heart of HTX Capitalism: Caput, Capital Flow, and Information -- How to Survive -- Don't Lose Contact with Reality ... but First, What Is Real? Into the Oreams and Reality of Social Engineering -- Gigantomachia: The Clash of Anthropologies.
Summary As the technological phenomenon known as the worldwide web permeates civilization, it creates some cultures and destroys others. In this pioneering book, philosopher Thomas Langan explores "virtual reality"Can inherently contradictory phrase"and the effects of technology on our very being. In our present-day high- technology environment, making simple, everyday decisions is difficult because the virtual world we've created doesn't necessarily operate according to the old "common sense." To retain our intellectual fitness, we must, Langan argues, consider these essential questions: If virtual reality is, in fact, reality, what is this life that we are caught up in? What is being within the context of virtual reality? How can we establish a system for distinguishing truth from fiction? Although technology minimizes distances between people and makes the information they seek more accessible, it simultaneously blurs the line dividing fact from falsehood and real from virtual. An individual's intellectual survival is threatened as technological advancement challenges our collective understanding of what reality is. Because much of the information that is presented as fact simply works to fulfill a specific agenda, we cannot accept as truth everything that appears on the internet or in the media. To survive, we must learn to manage our lives and resources despite the flood of information we are bombarded with daily. Addressing the general educated reader, Surviving the Age of Virtual Reality expertly interweaves the worlds of technology and philosophy, pushing the analysis of this technological and human phenomenon to new depths.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0826260977 (electronic bk.)
9780826260970 (electronic bk.)
0826212522
9780826212528 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 45844360
Additional Format Print version: Langan, Thomas. Surviving the age of virtual reality. Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©2000 0826212522 (DLC) 99054265 (OCoLC)42708149
Table of Contents
Pt. 1Where Are We? 
 Ch. 1Introduction: Welcome to the HTX!3
 Ch. 2The Seeds of the HTX12
 Ch. 3The Essence and Anatomy of the HTX35
 Ch. 4The Heart of HTX Capitalism: Caput, Capital Flow, and Information81
Pt. 2How to Survive 
 Ch. 5Don't Lose Contact with Reality ... but First, What Is Real? Into the Dreams and Reality of Social Engineering117
 Ch. 6Gigantomachia: The Clash of Anthropologies144
 Index179