I was reviewing the essay “Back to Plato’s Cave: Virtual Reality” when I thought how much we all invest in “enriching” our virtual selves.
The risks of opening up in real life have apparently led people to surround themselves by a protecting shield, recreating reality online. At times, we might not have a choice about our environment and the people surrounding us, however, the tools of the virtual world definitely reflect our aspirations and needs.
In this essay the following quote states the attractive nature of letting go of reality and indulging into a world of fantasy. “In a way, virtual reality provides a perfect existential world, in which we can exercise free will and make any number of decisions, however extreme, without the Kierkegaardian “dizziness of freedom” and the underlying anxiety of accountability,” (108).
Who would not find this world fascinating and intoxicating? The media continue to adjust to our needs as they create further demand for tools we might have previously rejected. The truth is that as more people begin to develop fully their virtual self, a false sense of security will continue to dominate the virtual world.
Margaret Maria Roidi