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Dec 14, 2012 (4 years and 11 months ago)

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Hamlet
on the
Holodeck
:



The Future of narrative in Cyberspace


By Janet Murray

Janet Murray, in her book Hamlet on the
Holodeck
, explores the
aesthetic properties and pleasures of digital environments that are
connected with the traditional satisfaction of narrative

Three characteristic pleasure of digital environment:

Immersion Agency Transformation

The Traditional satisfaction of narrative


Utopian vision


Dystopian Vision

Utopian:
envision of maximum perfection

Imagine a world in which all disease, human disabilities, and shortcomings
could be taken out of existence through genetic predestination. This is the
world of the movie “
Gattaca
”. These Utopian societies strive to make every
man and woman the perfect size, IQ, social status.

The world of
Gattaca

tries to accomplish a utopia using genetic engineering as
the totalitarian party of 1984 believes it can do this by having total supremacy
and control over its people
. The idea of an Utopian society is to possess a
perfect socio
-
politico legal system.

Dystopian: extreme
negative projection

Blade Runner is a classic example of an Dystopian movie.
The film depicts
a
dystopian Los Angeles in 2019 in which genetically engineered organic robots called
replicants

are manufactured by a powerful corporation. Their use on earth is banned
and
replicants

are used only for dangerous work on earth’s off
-
world colonies.





Digital Media can be used to create degrading narratives as well as the
ideal of a “brand new world”
-

Immersed: