cognitive multitasking

classical realism demands that the subject completely accept the illusion for as long as it lasts. In contrast, the new metarealism is based on oscillation between illusion and its destruction, between immersing a viewer in illusion and directly addressing her.
The oscillation analyzed here is not an artifact of computer technology but a structural feature of modern society…. It perfectly blends perception and action, cinematic realism and computer menus.
The oscillation between illusionary segments and interactive segments forces the user to switch between different mental sets- different kinds of cognitive activity… This multitasking demands from the user “cognitive multitasking”.
The Operations, Lev Manovich

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