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Title:
Cyberseduction : reality in the age of psychotechnology
Author:
Fink, Jeri.
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Publication Information:
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781573927437
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Book

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How new is "virtual reality?" How much should we fear it? Psychotherapist Fink draws on a range of disciplines, from philosophy and anthropology to evolutionary psychology and media studies, to answer those questions. Fink uses the term "manufactured reality" to describe the ways human beings have escaped from their physical bodies (and the inevitable death of those bodies). Virtual realities range from cave dwellers' fireside stories and the noble aspirations of religion to Greek and Elizabethan drama to modern technologies, including telephones, televisions, computers, and the Internet. But the latest technologies immerse us in particularly convincing alternative "places"; "the most ominous threat to humankind," Fink argues, "lies in the gap between our technology and our philosophy." We need, she suggests, to adapt to and control this new technology: "Use your consciousness to take the next step in evolution, ahead of the designers who are thinking about programs, not ethics; code, not behavior; profit, not social improvement." An often fascinating study of an important subject. --Mary Carroll