I am a Contributing Editor at Adbusters <adbusters.org>, an internationally distributed magazine. We are working on an issue that explores the new era that humanity is entering, the altermodern or post-postmodern era. One aspect of this theme that we'd like to address is the future of virtual reality.
If you could take a moment to answer the following thought experiment questions, it would be very much appreciated. Any quick, gut response sent over email will do. NOTE: If you would like to submit an answer to these questions, please do so via email only: firstname.lastname@example.org
1) It seems that the distinction between reality and virtuality is collapsing. Will there be a time when we can no longer distinguish between the two?
2) What would you say to someone who wants to spend every moment of their day in virtual reality, on the internet or playing video games? Is there any reason why we should consider a life led in-person to be superior to one led virtually?
3) What are the social, cultural and environmental consequences of our immersion into virtuality?
Thank you for your time and we look forward to your response,