Reality check. The potential and problems of virtual reality documentary

Sorensen, I. (2019) Reality check. The potential and problems of virtual reality documentary. Media Education Journal, 65(2), pp. 11-15.

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Abstract

The increasing availability and affordability of virtual reality (VR) headsets and sensory tech for mobile phones and computers, e.g. Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear, have brought new forms of interactive documentary experiences into the mainstream. VR offers unprecedented immersive and affective ways of engaging with documentary subjects and stories and enables enhanced experiences of and insights into otherwise inaccessible worlds, lives and realities. this article explores the potential and possibilities for storytelling that VR brings, as well as the ways in which the funding, production and distribution of VR experiences impact how VR documentaries are perceived and regulated, today and in the future.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Virtual reality, documentary, VR, VR documentary, documentary production, regulation, Fake News
Status:Published
Refereed:No
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sorensen, Dr Inge
Authors: Sorensen, I.
Subjects:N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Research Group:CCPR
Journal Name:Media Education Journal
Journal Abbr.:ME
Publisher:Association of Media Education in Scotland
ISSN:0268-1951
ISSN (Online):0268-1951
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