Spark-Online, April 2000

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Rita M. Lauria

Metalaw®.US an Alliance of Metalaw®; Univeristy of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism; Media Interface & Network Design (M.I.N.D.) Labs

Date Written: April 1, 2000


Computers can generate entire multi-sensory environments that include us as interactive participants. Thus, computers become general participatory systems that participate in their subject matter. Virtual reality is the body of techniques that apply computation to the generation of experientially valid realities. Characterizing any virtual reality is the subjective experience of virtuality. Computers generate the experience of virtuality. Virtuality identifies computers as no longer mere symbol processors. They are reality generators.

Keywords: Virtuality, virtual reality, participatory systems, reality generators

Suggested Citation

Lauria, Rita M., Virtuality (April 1, 2000). Spark-Online, April 2000, Available at SSRN:

Rita M. Lauria (Contact Author)

Metalaw®.US an Alliance of Metalaw® ( email )

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Univeristy of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

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Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

Media Interface & Network Design (M.I.N.D.) Labs

Syracruse University
Newhouse School of Public Communications
Syracruse, NY 13244
United States

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