Virtual

1: being such in essence or effect though not formally recognized or admitted a virtual dictator

2: being on or simulated on a computer or computer network print or virtual books a virtual keyboard : such as a: occurring or existing primarily online virtual shopping b: of, relating to, or existing within a virtual reality a virtual tour

3: of, relating to, or using virtual memory

4: of, relating to, or being a hypothetical particle whose existence is inferred from indirect evidence virtual photons

(Merriam-Webster)

This, he suggests, is at least in part due to the technological limitations present at the time when he constructed the Virtual Church. (Jacobs Reading)

2 thoughts on “Virtual”

  1. I think the word, “virtual,” is important to our glossary as we have seen the reoccurrence of virtuality in both the Jacobs reading and the “View from Above/Below” reading.

    In the Jacobs reading, the author states, “virtual is primarily conceived in terms of a simulation of the ‘real’; a false approximation of the real” (pg. 1103, 1104). Both the virtual Christian Church and the virtual Hindu Temple attempted to create virtual sacred places, which can be referenced by looking back at the glossary words “sacred, place, and space.”

    In the “View from Above/Below” reading, virtual spaces and navigation through virtual space and time (virtual tourism) are referenced. On page 90, the author talks about ART+COM’s attempt to create a virtual city of Berlin.

  2. This word is very important. Virtual is becoming very popular with the increased use in technology. Specifically in our class we read about the word virtual in the Jacobs reading. Jacobs talks about a virtual Temple and a virtual Church. Both “create a virtual sacred space and have constructed the sites in such a way as to create the possibility of performing asynchronous cyber-rituals” (1103). This article discusses how the Temple and Church both attempt to create virtual sacred spaces online. This is a great way for those who cannot physically go to these sacred spaces, but still want to experience going to these sacred spaces and performing rituals. I had never thought about a sacred space as being virtual before this reading. I think as time goes on there will be more virtual sacred spaces.

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