New means of communication and reality
Reality is a tricky term when it gets confronted to new means of communication. When we try to find a relation between fiction and reality we realize that there is no such thing as a gap between them. Most of time the screen tries to imitate the real world. We can see it in films for example. The scenarist projects us in another world but most of time ithas to be close to our reality. Everybody knows that the person who reads the script has to understand the character’s emotion to be touched. We have to see ourselves in a film to like it. That’s to say that a good film is not only about fiction but also about reality. In this sense we have to ask: Are the new means of communication trying to reproduce the real world? If they are there might be adanger, because we soon mix up fiction and reality. Are we soon going to live in a world in which everybody lives through their screen as many films predict it? We live between fiction and reality but which side do we tend to chose? What is reality? Is our Avatar more real than we are?
First of all we have to introduce the term fiction. What is fiction? As soon as we deal with this question, we seethat it has many meanings. At one hand fiction is something that allows us to escape from the real world. That’s why children want to have computer games: they want to be someone else. When it comes to fiction, we have to think of imagination. The new means of communication and especially the fiction games allow us to imagine that we are somebody else. “Role games”, this is the term used todescribe games in which the player can become somebody else. Who would want fiction to be real? It is a mean to escape and to get out of our own body. The most extreme example would be the type of games in which the player is no longer human. It shows that the person who is in front of the screen wants to be quite the opposite of what he used to be. Most of time we compare fiction to dreams. It issomething that has no connection with reality, even if we might have built it up ourselves, that is to say that we might find our own emotions in them. Nobody really wants it to be reality. It might be thrilling to play a game in which we are in another world with creatures that don’t look like us, but it’s sure that we would be afraid to live in such a world. A world which would take the things weknow away from us, would just lead to craziness.
This takes us to consider fiction as something else. It would be something that imitates reality, but allows us to be someone else, a better I. The fiction we like is the same world we live in, on an idealized level. We have to see that most people who go on virtual websites don’t really look for fiction but more for an idealized reality. The mostfrequently used websites are the ones on which we can do something we could do every day. Speaking for example seems very important to the internet users. Even if they know that the place they are using is not real, they want the conversation to be real. In this case the difference between fiction and reality is not easy to see. Later, the conversation he had will integrate the relationship asreality. Nowadays internet is known as a mean to have a voice. We have a lot of examples of mixing up virtual and real. The internet website we go on may not be real but the simple fact of clicking a web page can allow a person to become famous. A lot of unknown artist integrate the reality through the virtual. The French group Superbus or Lily Allen for example have been discovered through theinternet.
There’s definitely a shift between virtual and real on the internet. The internet users use it because they have the opportunity to recreate themselves. This takes us to another question: who is the I on the internet? Who am I when I am on my Facebook profile and who am I when I live my life day by day? We don’t really try to become somebody completely different on the internet. We just try...
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