> What really fascinates me in the latest digi-filled movies is the fact that not only are they imagined and designed to ....should I say...photorealistic perfection, but they are also sold to the audience as some sort of alternative to the real world, some sort of imagined worlds that the spectator could potentially inhabit, as a more "natural," "sleek-er" "stunning" world. apparently, this is something successfully achieved by the environment depicted in Avatar.
Yes, they *are* alternative worlds, the 3D MMORPG's and the metaverses already *are* alternative worlds. What we crave is entering these symbolic worlds, while the research is trying to involve more and more extended parts of our bodies and of the senses. I think David Cronenberg's "eXistenZ" perfectly outlines this tendence, and the problem of "reality" (from Philip K. Dick).
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