With companies such as Steam and Oculus bringing out 3D virtual reality products (SteamVR and the Oculus Rift), I decided to focus on the idea of using virtual reality as a form of escapism from everyday life and how it can both positively and negatively affect it.

After combing through multiple articles, I managed to find one by The Atlantic (part of the Atlantic Media group), “The Good and the Bad of Escaping to Virtual Reality” published on the 18th of February, 2015,  that outlines how the development of virtual reality is both exciting and appealing in the opportunities it provides to explore parallel universes and fantasies. It also outlines the extremes virtual reality can be taken to, including the point of addiction and death.

The ideas of social isolation and escapism within the article are strongly represented and help create a vivid direction I wish to take my project in, putting emphasis on these issues.

The Atlantic (2015) The Good and Bad of Escaping to Virtual Reality

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  1. BeckyD says:

    This is a really good article, and there is so much you can do with it aesthetically. Do you have any ideas for it so far?
    I would be quite interested to see how you incorporate a real photo of a person or the real world in contrast to the virtual reality aspect of the article. I really like the creativity that this article allows however, because the article gives both sides of the argument you may have some trouble trying pinpoint it’s ultimate message. Then again it is open to interpretation, and you could even try and incorporate both the good and the bad of escaping in your image.
    I’m excited to see what you come up with 🙂


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