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  • The concrete and tangible ways of being for the individual in what is considered to be the “real” world. In media studies, the term is determined largely from the philosopher Pierre Levy's 1998 work “Becoming Virtual: Reality in the Digital Age,” wherein actuality is viewed, along with reality, virtuality, and possibility, as a mode of existence. For Levy, actuality is defined by environmental context. The notion of actuality brings up questions of its relationship to agency, subjectivity, and representation. Furthermore, the term is used to explore the increasingly borderless experience between the “real” world and social networks, particularly communicating online and offline.

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