The non-autonomy of the virtual
philosophical reflections on contemporary virtuality
Ubiquity, Volume 2008 Issue May | BY Jeff Malpas
Much contemporary talk of virtual 'worlds' proceeds as if the virtual could somehow be considered as in competition with or as an alternative to the world of the 'nonvirtual' or the 'everyday'. This paper argues that such a contrast is fundamentally mistaken, and that the virtual is not autonomous with respect to the everyday, but is rather embedded within it, and an extension of it.