Theorizing locative media through philosophies of the virtual

Adriana Araujo de Souza e Silva, daniel Sutko

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    The concept of the virtual along with the philosophical traditions it invokes has received sparse attention in the communication literature, even though the term “virtual” is used so readily to refer to new information and communication technologies (ICTs). In this article, we argue that philosophies of the virtual that dichotomize reality/representation, although perhaps sufficient for analyzing human–computer interfaces through the 21st century, are inadequate for developing theoretical approaches to understanding location-based technologies. We thus summarize different philosophies of the virtual to propose a theoretical framework for the study of locative technologies. We do so to open up an understanding of the practical effects of locative technologies in lived experience and use examples of that experience to show motivations for shifts in theory.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalCommunication Theory
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)23
    Number of pages42
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011


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