The virtual leash

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This exegesis serves to explore the theoretical approaches and empirical evidence of scholarly and political debate on the social relations enabled by the Internet through social media, it is a roadmap that can elucidate the processes of the attached visual and interactive methods of the creative work. Several key questions are investigated within this research that explore the relationship between the virtual leash as both a tether to cyber connections and as a constraint that binds the user to the connection. These include possible impacts of online connectivity to develop social capital and the further prospect of a blurring of the on/offline dichotomy. It asks can network technologies enhance our relationship to other cultures and identities regardless of a physical presence to increase the possibility of greater global understanding and tolerance? The exegesis complements the online documentary and a web source, which together contributes the entire assessment for the award of Masters of Creative Arts, (MCA). The creative visual essay provides a snapshot of issues and concerns that exist in present thinking of how, where, and why we embrace network technologies to guide us through virtual environments to both the advantage and the detriment of those connected. The creative work uses visual photography, text messaging, talking heads and disembodied voices to present theories on a research that daily incorporates within our everyday practices.
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