07 September 2008

The Real Depends on the Virtual

A interesting article from airroots on how the real world is dependent on the virtual world. This virtual world being the abstract one of friendship -- connections that have no basis in the physical world through kinship, but rather operate on another plane. It makes an interesting argument that new communications technologies are not inferior to formal literacy and verbose communications systems, but rather a more accurate reflection of our own internal abstract interaction mechanisms.

A slightly different, and perhaps more anthropological, interpretation of "virtual" than perhaps many of us are used to.

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