Avatars und Lebensform: Kirchberg 2007

Michael Heim


The Internet has expanded the communications environment. We now expect graphics, animation, or hypertext references in our communcations. These active features express a dimension of our language form that revives questions of reference, identity, and substantiality. One synecdoche to encapsulate these issues is the graphic avatar. A consideration of the avatar can focus the issues for further discussion and reflection.


20th century philosophy; media philosophy; philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; computer science; culture; information; information science; society

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