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Drive of realism


The same drive of realism that led in cinema to the "invisible style" of Hollywood narrative films, and to the occultation of the production process in favor of a consumption of the product as if it were "natural," is at work again in computing.

Articles published in computer magazines declare that "the ultimate goal of computer technology is to make the computer disappear, that the technology should be so transparent, so invisible to the user, that for practical purposes the computer does not exist. In its perfect form, the computer and its application stand outside data content so that the user may be completely absorbed in the subject matter--it allows a person to interact with the computer just as if the computer were itself human" . The effect binding the spectator to the illusion of a complete reality is complete...