MDST110 Electronic Coursebook for Students
Information Technology and Digital Media Studies
Prof. David Golumbia
University of Virginia
Fall 2004
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25. Virtuality and Simulation

Weds Dec 8, 2004

A chance to discuss some of the more profound conceptual issues raised by digital media and the notions of the virtual and simulation that they bring along with them

I. Virtuality

II. Simulation



Study Questions

  1. What is it to be virtual, in conceptual terms?
  2. What is it to be a simulation? How long have simulations existed?
  3. What is a simulacra? Who uses the term? How might it apply to digital media?
  4. How might terms like the symbolic, the imaginary, and the virtual differ in meaning or reference?

Final Exam

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