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By Douglas Rushkoff

This can be an ideas-led, exuberant documentary in regards to the converging strands of a brand new period, the empowerments of cyber-technology, and the precipitation of latest methods of existence. initially written in 1994, it outlines the strands of the cyber tradition because it used to be emerging-- the well-liked medications, the influential contributors, the hackers and their motivations, the technology chaos and the complexity of fractuals. This e-book will suffer as a reminder of the way smooth cyberculture got here about--a notice to the longer term shape anyone perceptive adequate to understand the profound results of the cyber revolution.

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Your head is like a spy submarine: it's always bobbing and looking around, performing a million little experiments a second, lining things up i n the environment. Creating your world. That level o f interactivity is essential to the most basic seeing. A s you turn o n the head-tracking feature i n the H e a d - M o u n t e d Display [the feature that allows you to affect where you're looking] there's a subjective increase in the resolution of the display. " " 1 A n d a very clear demonstration o f the relationship o f human perception to the outside world, casting further doubt on the existence o f any objective physical reality.

There's a reason why people start talking about 'tripping'. It's related to trips people take when they physically change their environment. I ' m convinced that if there were a way to trip all the time o n L S D , they w o u l d want to change their reality to something else. That is part o f the n e e d . " The sense of being o n a voyage, o f tripping, is the essence of a classic psychedelic experience. T h e user is a traveler, and an acid or mushroom trip is a heroic journey or visionquest through unexplored regions, followed by a re-entry into mundane reality.

M o s t acid trippers try to prolong that moment o n the peak o f the bell curve, but to do so is futile. C o m i n g down is almost inevitably disillusioning to some degree. Again, though, like in a G r e e k tragedy, it is during the reintegration that insight occurs, and progress is made - however slight - toward a more all-encompassing or cyberian outlook. In order to come down with a m i n i m u m of despair and m a x i m u m of progess, the tripper must guide his own transition back to normal consciousness and real life while maintaining the integrity of whatever truths he may have gleaned at the apogee o f his journey.

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