Computer based technology are moving us into a world where the real is gradually being replaced by the virtual. Do you agree or disagree. Give examples.

Authors Avatar

Computer based technology are moving us into a world where the real is gradually being replaced by the virtual. Do you agree or disagree. Give examples.

What was impossible before has become possible now. With the swept of the wind computer based technologies have moved us from the real world to a virtual one and I very much agree with this statement. When talking of virtual reality, Barie Sherman and Phil Judkins describe it as ‘truly the technology of miracles and dreams’. (Bell,2000:113).We cannot make our real world whatever we wish to make it but we can hide in virtual reality and dictate our terms on it and make it our world, the way we want it. We are living in the twenty first century and can’t think a world without computers. Computer based technologies have caused old boundaries to be renegotiated thereby creating a new social and cultural sensibility. We have become accustomed to this technology, taking things at an interface value and using our technology to reflect on the human. Schools, colleges, workplaces all use technology for survival. It has been observed that students take recourse to the internet for their coursework’s and people have started doing virtual work programs anytime and everywhere. Today it’s a different experience working with computers. People turn to this machine that they hope will change their ways of thinking or affect their social and emotional lives. People explore simulation games, enter chartrooms where thy have friends and lovers and build an intimate relationship with computers. We project our dramas onto the computer screen in which we are the producers, directors, and actors. We unfold relationships, sexuality, politics and identity on the computer screen. All this appears to be more real than what reality actually is. We can say that we are living in a virtual world now.(Turkle,1996:25).


Recent studies have revealed that text based computer games like The Next Generation indulge thousands of players into them up to eighty hours a week participating in intergalactic explorations and wars. Through description and commands they can create characters that can have sexual encounters , hold jobs, collect paychecks, fall in love and get married. “This is more real than my real life”, says a character who is a man but pretends to be a woman while playing.(Sheilds,1996:150).Virtual gender swapping becomes all the easier on the internet. For a man to play a woman he just have to do it by writing a description .Infact gender swapping is an opportunity to explore conflicts raised by ones biological gender. It enables people to experience what it feels like to be of the opposite gender or to have no gender at all reflecting on the ideas about how gender shape our expectations.

Join now!

The Internet has paved ways for relationships to exist disembodied from the reality that exists outside the temporal and spatial world we inhabit.It has the capacity to involve humans into a reality which has the appearance of reality but not the substance of reality. There is no bodily interaction but simulation and virtualization. For example, an American wife was sued for divorce by her husband on alleged adultery in cyberspace when she was found flirting with a man and swapping erotic fantasies over the Internet whom she had never met.(Loader,1998:114). From this instance we can see where the virtual ...

This is a preview of the whole essay