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Title: Fear of virtual reality : theoretical case study on photography
Authors: Bian, Q
Siu, KWM 
Issue Date: 2011
Source: International journal of the image, 2011, v. 1, no. 1, p. 87-97
Abstract: Virtual Reality (VR) has absorbed a great deal of attention in new media research. However,it is not always welcomed, especially with respect to the odd experience of dealing with the virtual world it provides. This paper is an attempt to understand the fear of VR by taking photography as a parameter. By discussing the importance of materiality in visual communications, photography’stakingprocessandVR’smakingprocess,andtwotypesofrealities(i.e.theindexicalandthesimulacral) provided by photography and VR respectively, this paper analyzes the reason for the fear that VR hasaroused, and suggests a critical though tolerant attitude towards VR and photography.
Keywords: Virtual Reality (VR)
Publisher: Common Ground Publishing
Journal: International journal of the image 
ISSN: 2154-8560
EISSN: 2154-8579
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