This lucidly written updated book by independent literary scholar Marie-Laure Ryan addresses virtual reality (VR) not as a medium associated with specific hardware, but more loosely as a form of storytelling primarily concerned with immersion and interactivity.
What does critical theory tell us about the future of social struggles? Remzig Keucheyan's The Left Hemisphere: Mapping Critical Theory Today is wise to point to the central role that ecology and the ever-growing ecological crisis will play as a site of social antagonism and political conflict.
The Summer 1982 issue carried an article with the title "A Neo-Hegelian, Feminist, Psychoanalytic Perspective on Ecology" by Isaac D. Balbus. This constellation of terms instantly sent my intellectual libido into overdrive.
The goal of inquiry isn't Truth with a capital "T;" it is more inquiry. The goal of liberal learning is more learning. We hold onto our "plasticity" by holding onto our ability to be affected by others -- to learn from experience in context.
I've recently realized that Santa Claus actually enacts, in miniature, the various stages of our gradual recognition of and acquiescence to contemporary forms of power and authority. No, seriously, he does. Here's how.
Surprise of surprises, as Israel aspired to greatness and sought to make a name for itself, surrounded by vast empires, Yahweh got bigger and bigger -- so vastly superior was Yahweh to the gods of other nations.