What exactly is presence? According to Lombard & Dittion's definition it is a medium that becomes invisible and produces a perceptual illusion of non-medication. What exactly does that mean? Well, I'm glad you asked. Think of it as the part of space within one's immediate vicinity and to add on to that it also means according to Webster the fact or condition of being present. So, to end my long explanation Presence is the sensation of feeling something is there within an environment that is also within your vicinity.
As I learn in Edward Down's class there are 6 conditions that generate presence.
1.Presence as Social Richness
5. Social actor within a medium
6. Medium as a social actor
This conditions often lead to loss of time, motion sickness, and seamless travel between real & virtual environment.
When will I wake up...or am I already awake. Where am I going and when will I stop falling.
"I wonder what brought me here." A man can be seen falling into a dark abyss. The man's decent begins to slow and stops on solid ground.
"Welcome Matthew, we were wondering when you would arrive.
The man was very ragged looking and seemed to have bloodstains all over his body.
"Why am I here," Matthew asked.
"You are here to remember," said the voice
Matthew looked stunned. "I don't remember how I got here. I was just falling for so long."
Matthew glances at his hands. "Why am I in chains and whose blood is this?"
"All your questions will be answered. Now go!!" bellowed the voice.
Matthew begins to walk forward.
"Many trials await you," said the voice. Matthews's chains unlocked. "Welcome to Purgatory."