Online Is Real, Drop Virtual

Updated May 19, 2020 

Online is real. What’s online is not virtual reality or almost real. What’s online is actually, completely, real. What’s online is different than what’s offline but it’s just as real as offline. Consider your online banking and the money you put into and take out of your online bank. Both your online bank and your online money are real. Your online money is different than the offline money in your pocket, purse, or wallet, but both types/forms of money are real.

The best way to talk about online and offline is to talk about, . . . well, talk about online and offline. Drop “virtual.”

Laurence Lessig (p. 298) also asserts that online is real: “People live there [online]. They experience all the sorts of things that they experience in real space there [offline], and some experience more. They experience this, not as isolated individuals playing some high-tech computer game, but as part of groups, in communities, among strangers, and among people they come to know and sometimes like–or love [sic].”

About George Beam

I'm an educator and author. The perspectives that inform my interpretations of the topics of this blog are behaviorism and system analysis. Specific interests include American politics, socioeconomic issues, survey research, and effects of the Internet and attendant hard- and software. I'm Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration, Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago.
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