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Virtual Dystopia  

Andrea Hunter and Vincent Mosco

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Feb 2014
Online publication date:
Dec 2013
This chapter addresses the allure of virtual dystopias and their connection to the sublime. Normally considered repellant rather than compelling, virtual dystopias owe their attraction to ... More

Virtual Ecologies and Environments  

David G. Green and Tom Chandler

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
In a virtual landscape you can burn a forest and watch it grow back over hundreds of years, an experiment you could never do in reality. Increasingly, landscape ecology and environmental ... More

Virtual Law  

Greg Lastowka

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter discusses the intersection of the virtual and law. It begins by offering a definition of the virtual. It then explains that existing law does regulate the virtual, since there ... More

Virtual Music, Virtual Money: The Impact of Crowdfunding Models on Creativity, Authorship, and Identity  

Mark Thorley

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Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
The traditional path between music creator and audience has been seen to be complex, managed by a series of cultural intermediaries. The focus of criticism from both music producers and ... More

Virtual Musicians and Machine Learning  

Nick Collins

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May 2014
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Jul 2014
The future development of artificially intelligent musicians depends upon an engagement with machine-learning technology. Human musicians have the benefit of long periods of study, which ... More

Virtual Worlds: An Ethnomusicological Perspective  

Trevor S. Harvey

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter investigates the coconstruction of musical identities among audiences and performers in the virtual world of Second Life. Within this digital environment, musicians, rendered ... More

Virtuality and Humanity  

David Kreps

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter discusses the key questions raised by its title—what should we understand by the terms virtuality, humanity, and, thereby, by the term reality? These questions are explored ... More

The Virtuality and Reality of Avatar Cyberspace  

Bruce Damer and Randy Hinrichs

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter reviews the origin and early history of online virtual worlds that represent users as avatars. Failed and successful applications of early virtual worlds in meetings and ... More

Virtuality in the Sphere of Economics  

Vili Lehdonvirta

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Feb 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter examines virtuality and reality in the context of economic affairs. Digital objects and currencies found in online game worlds and digital environments are considered play and ... More

Virtualizing Dance  

Kim Vincs

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Aug 2016
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Jun 2016
Subject:
Music, Dance
The central project of contemporary dance has been to create a spatiotemporal poetics of the body based on its relationship to gravity. Virtual reality technologies enable a much more ... More

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