We talk about RealSpace in homage to Paul Levinson’s book RealSpace: The Fate of Physical Presence in the Digital Age, On and Off Planet. According to Paul, Realspace “is about the need for full, face-to-face interaction with people and the world around us in the age of the Internet. It is about life before and beyond cyberspace.”
Reader of earlier issues of Wired Magazine, noticed that its masthead listed a “patron saint” named Marshall McLuhan. He spoke of the “global village,” and coined the aphorism “the medium is the message.” Paul Levinson, once a student of McLuhan’s, has updated McLuhan’s writings, all pre-Internet, to deal with today’s new media. I encourage you to read Levinson’s Digital McLuhan.