This post links to Mark Childs Seminar (see Research Seminars 24.02.2011). Some people equate “digital” and “technological” resources as dangerous lies. Something which is morally wrong and which caters to the weaker members of society.
These beliefs are really old. Greek philosophers discussed this belief and philosophers right through to the 20th Century have discussed “being”, the “real” and the “unreal”. Probably the best known of those 20th Century philosophers to write about these attitudes was Baudrillard. As Mark and Anna mention, “Mitcham refers to [it] as ancient scepticism”.
These fears have to be resolved to enable people to engage with VW. My way of dealing with it is to discuss why I believe that it is all “real”. One is digitally real and the other is corporeally real. It helps if you know a little bit of philosophy 🙂
How do you deal with it?
J. Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulations, 1994, Michigan: The University of Michigan Press
C. Mitcham, Thinking Through Technology: the path between engineering and philosophy, 1994, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, p. 277