Siegel – Double Vision

Today, the digital screen, from high-definition television(HDTV) to CD-ROM to the World Wide Web to virtual reality (VR), refashionsand extends, or “remediates” this promise of psychical transport in ways that are myriad and complex.

Second, postmodernist analyses of contemporary phenomena,fromarchitecture to identity to virtuality, often come off as pro forma exercises,in which it is all too obvious that the object under investigation is not of interest forits own sake, but rather only insofar as it can be marshaled in support of an omniscienttheoretical doctrine (i.e., postmodernism) whose usefulness has been determinedin advance. (Note 27)

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