When considering the place of virtual reality in the 21st century, it’s hard to picture anything short of an aggressively dystopian Black Mirror episode crowded with loneliness, crime, irreversible emotional damage or all of the above. Our relationship to technology these days is necessarily cynical—it’s fun, but it’s disastrously isolating, dangerously addicting, possibly carcinogenic and definitely mining our personal data. That is, unless you ask Joe Hunting, a documentarian who focuses entirely on virtual reality with a refreshingly optimistic outlook on technology. His first feature-length documentary, We Met in Virtual Reality, follows a number of different communities in a popular VR platform called VRChat as they weather the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.
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