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When I was a young adult, our pop culture was obsessed with the idea of cyberspace, usually expressed as crude 3D modeling floating in a wireframe void, occasionally with glowy bits.  It was, we were led to believe, the inevitable wave of the future and our probable doom, a very mixed message.  Today’s social-media-smartphone-other-buzzword world has shifted that fear to other realms, but the fear of and/or desire to digitize and go down the glowing green rabbit holestill persists, leading to today’s Freakazoidial query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) doesn’t quite trust the whole idea, but that’s probably because of the horror that was ‘The Lawnmower Man,’asks: Do you see any allure in fully-immersive 90s-style “cyberspace” virtual reality?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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3 Comments

  1. October 12, 2016 at 1:27 pm — Reply

    Maybe as a curiosity, but I’m not super into VR in that 90’s cyberpunk style or this modern that’s coming out right now. I’m not a glasses and/or headphones guy if I can don’t have to, I like to be aware of my surroundings.

  2. October 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm — Reply

    no

  3. October 12, 2016 at 7:06 pm — Reply

    Yes, yes I do.

    There is just something appealing to me about immersive VR in general, but as a fan of various media that had weird VR cyberspace stories (such as the “Otherland” novel series, the original “Tron”, and to some degree, certain incarnations of “Digimon”), even with all the potential horrors, I still wish it were real.

    But I will also be the first to admit my opinion is heavily biased. I’ve been sick and disabled my entire life, so the idea that I could live a “normal” life in cyberspace, even if it isn’t exactly a flesh-and-blood life, doing normal things like walking or hearing… It is too tempting to pass up if the opportunity presented itself.

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