How VR is changing politics

Can virtual reality help us talk politics online?

The more remote someone feels, the less human they seem. This is the driving force behind large parts of what is wrong with communicating on the internet, and it often makes talking about politics on the internet a special kind of hell. But virtual reality, theoretically, can make people on opposite sides of the globe feel like they’re talking face-to-face. And this election season, a VR social network called AltspaceVR is testing whether this feeling of connection can bring its users together during a bitterly divided campaign. AltspaceVR has spent the last year building a community that will casually show up online to play virtual Dungeons & Dragons, attend virtual stand-up comedy shows, or sit around a virtual big-screen TV watching e-sports together. …..[READ]

 

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