NXS #5 Virtual Vertigo examines the challenges posed to the self by the digital extension of reality and its murky underbelly. The manifold network of contributors investigates questions such as: What emotional responses might a computer-communicated reality precipitate? How is user behavior influenced upon returning to the physical world from those layers of lifelike experience? Which ethical pillars should be kept high? And are we able to restore our understanding of the structure of reality or adopt a new form that can resist manipulation?