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Being There TogetherSocial Interaction in Shared Virtual Environments$
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Ralph Schroeder

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195371284

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371284.001.0001

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Virtual Environments and the Changing Landscape of Information and Communication Technologies

Virtual Environments and the Changing Landscape of Information and Communication Technologies

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(p.3) 1 Virtual Environments and the Changing Landscape of Information and Communication Technologies
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Being There Together
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Ralph Schroeder

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371284.003.0001

This chapter provides a definition of the subject matter of this book: virtual environments technology. It discusses why multi-user virtual environments, in particular, have become important and sketches the history of this technology. Next, it gives an overview of how this book analyzes the various aspects of how users interact in these environments. Finally, it previews an argument that guides the book; namely that different types of technology afford different types of interaction. Only two types of technology are possible in the future which are already well advanced: computer-generated environments and video-captured environments, both of which provide the means for “being there together” at-a-distance in a shared space, but with quite different possibilities and constraints for how people interact with each other and with these spaces.

Keywords:   virtual environments, virtual reality, video conferencing, social interaction, social implications

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