Now that you have experienced VR to some extent, what are your impressions? Which VR environment grabbed your attention and in what way? How would you respond to the points raised in the reading from Jaron Lanier (2017)? Here are some questions to guide your reflection:
- Why is the main joy of VR to think about it?
- What part of the body does VR extend?
- Comment on: “When we think technology can surpass our bodies in a comprehensive way, we are forgetting what we know about our bodies and physical reality” (p. 49).
- What kind of simulation does Lanier think VR is? (p. 51)
- What is “motion parallax” (p. 53)?
- How can VR be situated disciplinarily? (p. 54)
- Comment on: “Virtual reality is the technology that exposes you to yourself” (p. 55).
- How does VR compare to other new technologies? (p. 56)
Do you see a similar scenario to Black Mirror/S4E1 – “USS Callister” ever happening in the future? Why or why not? How would you compare your experience of VR to other film or literary representations?
Lanier, J. (2017). Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality. NY: Henry Holt and Company.
See additional readings in the VR Moodle folder.