Dohee Kim – Reading Response #4

In Peter Lunenfeld’s essay “The Real and Ideal and Unfinished Business”, he talks about virtual realism and the ideal of the digital and the real of its production such as digital movies, CD-ROMs, hypertexts, Web sites, and intelligent architectures. There were three parts of the essay: “Unfinished Spaces”, “Unfinished Stories”, and “Unfinished Time”. In the “Unfinished Spaces” section, Lunenfeld talks about the electronic times and places in which we live; people surf through computer-generated image worlds everyday.┬áThe digital derive, which means “drifting through cyberspaces”, is in a state of unfinish because there are always more links to create and more sites appearing everyday. In the “Unfinished Stories” section of the essay, Lunenfeld talks about how narratives are developed to be unfinished. Stories are “unfinished” when one can never tell if the narrative stream would revitalize or not . Last but not least, in the “Unfinished Time” section, the author talks about the linkage between narrative and time, “how the shift in narrative toward an aesthetic of unfinish affects our sense of time, even our sense of death.”

This reading is relevant to our course because we surf through media and tell other people stories almost everyday. In addition, the blog and reading response assignments that I do every week are also a form of unfinished stories because I narrate myself from my story to even the summary of an article.