Sunday, September 29, 2013

To wish live in wonderland

The art of immersion by Frank Rose, Avatar immerses the audience into the magical world of Pandora, but it was not the first time that advance technology had dragged watchers to hallucinate. Ages earlier, Miguel de Cervantes brought the story of a man who entered an imaginary world because he had read too many adventure books. In addition, Murray in her book Hamlet on the Holodeck reported that modern medium has the capacity to lift the conveying narrative capacity, which could become hostile. Bradbury printed Fahrenheit  451 in which he wrote that TV overlapped books, and that watchers started to believe that books no longer inform and perhaps TV was the real environment which they trusted. Way before TV something similar happened in soundtrack movies, people immersed in the belief the sounded images were more real than the real world. As societies like England developed in technology and industry, paper and new forms of print became available for book writers who flooded society with fantaciouly stories. Every generation gets birth a new immersive medium. Today, internet blow up the mind of users in ways that books and TV could not do. Since technology is a finger print, authenticity gets small and small. But how to blame technology for it if the world has had identity problems always, rather technology provides what seems that one wish for.

Rose ended his writing saying, "We do not want ""authenticity"" what we really want is to go back Pandora." Why? One would want to wake up from magnificent images of a book or film if it is much easier to leave behind the authentic world, and perhaps enter to form part of the story's character. The world itself is a storybook in which one immerses and cannot stop dreaming. For instance, Indigenous in Ecuador have stopped wearing seed necklaces since oriental fashion started broadcasting on TV. A culture that for centuries kept its originality dived into the new era, but how to blame them for wishing to look just like one of the models. Now, they wear shiny necklaces made of silver and dress as the models do  on TV. They probably did not know that they wanted to flee the real world to form part of a dreamy ecosystem. Many readers could easily dream to replace Harker ( in Dracula) when he encounters three beautiful women who apparently want something sexusal with him. "I lay quiet, looking out from under my eyelashes in agony of delightful anticipation," says Harker (Stoker, 228). One can relate to Harker because deep inside one wish that it happens to one. If one finds the thing that helps one to feel well with oneself, why? One would want to leave it. In the end, everybody looks to immerse in something that reliefs one's anxiety.

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