The Visceral Versus The Intellectual

New World Notes brings us this timely update to the ongoing efforts by some in Second Life to create a first person shooter (FPS) within the simulation. This isn’t a new story or a new idea, but I’m mentioning it now because it amplifies something I brought up in another post and some comments I made regarding that post on another blog. While academia focuses on the technical, I’m more interested in the social.

I’m going to pull out one line from the comment I wrote and leave it at that:

going from lines of code to 3D visuals will, i believe, have a profound effect on cyberspace not just because of the technology but because of how we react to that technology.