Place and Digital Media
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As interactors we often allude to a sense of presence, of being there, when experiencing interactive artifacts. Digital technologies can create a sense of presence within a synthetic environment, that of being in a technologically mediated space. As a result, ideas of space and place are fundamental to the use of digital media. Related metaphors pervade our language and use of technology; we explore virtual worlds, surf online, and chat in rooms. The field of humanist geography can be used to examine digital media practice across several domains. Exploring the concept of place in relationship to a video game, website, or mixed reality environments question contemporary definitions of presence. As a result, a theoretical foundation for the design of artifacts may create a strong sense of place, and thus enhance our understanding of presence.