True virtual reality
Virtual reality, Neuromancy, consensual hallucination are all terms invented in recent years. Strictly applied the term Virtual reality and its kin refer only to computerized image-mongering. It only applies to wearing googles or visors and being immersed in a digital world where the world is transformed into the realm of fantasy right before our eyes.
In reality virtual reality can actually refer to Democracy which was brought about by the invention of writing. This ‘new’ media is thousands of years old. The forms it may take change, it has gone from dirt, to clay, to papyrus, to paper and now to the electronic word but it was writing and the democracy it brings that is referred to as ‘virtual reality.’ After all, writing eventually led to printing, and printing brought about a universal extempore of ideas which leads to democracy.
The paper is actually deceptive in its references to Computerized virtual reality. Even if that is the most recent application of the term the author chooses to dig deeper into the meaning and the sense of virtual reality.
Democracy as virtual reality has already been with us since Greek times. It is a ‘fictional’ or ‘virtual’ world where even the humbles citizen has the right to speak before his fellow citizens. Because all men are held equal parliamentary debates can go on everywhere and at all times even outside of Parliament. After all even the ordinary citizen is as much part of the governing, ruling and legislative body of the state.
By placing idea into print a social reality was being formed which was quite literally nowhere and virtually everywhere. True democracy is an ideal that was pass down from the Greeks to modern times. Yet to this day it exists more in our hearts and minds that as a true totem of reality. We all live breath and desire Democracy but the reality is there are still many class inequalities, discrimination and concentrations of power that make our democracy literally a virtual reality. But for as long as we continue to dream of it and work to make it a reality
Democracy as an ideal, as a virtual reality was so revolutionary then, and it remains so today. The idea of a state without a king, of men born free and equal is an ideal that man has strived for since the time of the Greeks. Yet it remains an ideal unrealized and leaving men bitterly disappointed in their failure. No society, not the Greeks, or any that came after them has succeeded in developing a democratic society, a government of the people by the people always there are things that mar the success.
The paper may appear deceptive in its creativity. The mention of virtual reality throws off the reader because of our familiarity with computers and the digital world. Yet the author drives his point home. We all mouth the word democracy and can quote its principles by heart. But at the end of the day Democracy remains still a virtual reality.