Coming Out of the Close
by John Horberg
Edwards' definition of a "closed world" is ripe with meaning for modern + postmodern philosophers, as it is
for virtual reality specialists (and Las Vegas vacationers):
A "closed world" is a radically bounded scene of conflict, an inescapably self-referential space where every
thought, word, and action is ultimately directed back toward a central struggle. It is a world radically
divided against itself. Turned inexorably inward, without frontiers or escape, a closed world threatens to
annihilate itself, to implode.
Indeed, much of Edwards' text is devoted to suggesting how the metaphor of a closed world can be applied
to the United States, or the USSR, or the entire world.