'A Journey of Integration: Virtuality and Physicality in a Computer-Mediated Environment'
. PhD by Published Works, 2004. Sue Thomas
This thesis details the history of Sue Thomas’s writings on computer-mediated experience since 1988, from the research for and writing of her first novel Correspondence (1992), through a second novel Water (1994) and a number of collected and single works in print and new media, to the non-fiction book Hello World: travels in virtuality (2004). It argues that computers offer an opportunity to explore our sense of connectedness not just with each other, but also with the natural, the mechanical and the digital. However, the immense promise of digital life lies in its very resistance to definition, and the growing web of online social networks must be regarded as an ecological system living and evolving on its own terms. (Chapter 6 has been removed for revision)