Letter: Virtual reality is part of the problem
He also points out the current spate of gun laws did not come on the scene until 1968. What changed?
I believe a partial answer is the advent of virtual reality. One hundred years ago real people bled real blood. Real people screamed in agony. Real people who died did not come back in next week’s episode. In addition to humans, more people knew where food came from.
With the advent of virtual reality, that constant real-life feedback loop diminished. People could be shot and killed without real-world consequence. In virtual reality you can say or do whatever you want to whomever you want without consequence. You lack the very real and necessary feedback of having a more mature person or your community point out you have gone over the line.
We certainly cannot put the genie of virtual reality back in the bottle. It does have many upsides, but we are currently seeing very serious downsides. I look forward to suggestions on what to do about this problem.