Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest


David Foster Wallace

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Video-Physiognomic Dysphoria, a disorder that developed after the rise of “videophony” (video calling). Different solutions were tested to cure VPD, but in the end people just went back to audio-only calling.
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VPD Term Timeline in Infinite Jest

The timeline below shows where the term VPD appears in Infinite Jest. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 27
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...image during the video call, leading psychologists to define a new condition called Video-Physiognomic Dysphoria (VPD). (full context)
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In response to the issue of VPD, a new technology arose called High-Definition Masking, which began as a way of making a... (full context)