The internet is an epidemic hallucination. A collective morass of bent over bodies congeal slimy retinas and dendrons, hashing out a global brain which self-stimulates in orgic mutual cyberspacation. That doesn't mean it exists.
I fantasise in the thick and steamy wireless ether about the information waiting to be sucked down through glowing monster's bellies of light. What will it be tonight, oh great god of entertainment?
My Father starts fidgetting and trembling when denied email access for a few hours. My twitch comes sooner. We teach little digital natives the early warning signs of hallucinogenic fixation.
Does anyone see through the game, into the solipsism?
The medium is the massage (McLuhan).
Language is a virus (Burroughs).
The internet is an epidemic of consensual hallucination.
""Entropia Universe" is the same game where some players have spent thousands of real dollars to acquire virtual property. In one case, a Miami resident recently spent $US100,000 ($131,000) for his very own space station. These players, in turn, have reaped the benefits by charging others to mine for ore, hunt for monsters or rent out buildings on their land.
Most persistent online games, including World of Warcraft, actively discourage the practice and routinely ban users caught selling and buying items for money. Last year, Sony Online Entertainment Inc. reversed a long-standing ban on such sales in EverQuest II and created an auction site where players can pay cash to buy better virtual swords, armor or other items."
- Online Game to Allow ATM Retrievals, 3 May, 2006
"[I]f a new technology extends one or more of our senses outside us into the social world, then new ratios among all of our senses will occur in that particular culture. It is comparable to what happens when a new note is added to a melody. And when the sense ratios alter in any culture then what had appeared lucid before may suddenly become opaque, and what had been vague or opaque will become translucent."
- Marshall McLuhan, Gutenberg Galaxy, 1962, p. 41
Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts.
- William Gibson
Recycling is good because to iterate is to touch god.
A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgement based upon it.
- Bertrand Russell, 'On the Nature of Acquaintance: Neutral Monism' (1914)