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How VR Can Enhance Old Media

Out with the old tech and in with the new. Like clockwork, a newer piece of tech always comes along that conveniently makes the last one obsolete. While overhyped tech critics may predict a war to emerge between the burgeoning VR movement and old incumbent companies, VR can easily integrate with existing media.

Being the virtual dreamers that we are, we’re going to ask why not get the best of both worlds instead.

Old Meets New

It’s certainly hard to be cynical of VR’s grandiose future once you experience it for yourself. But does that spell certain doom for older media? It doesn’t and it shouldn’t. Remember that even the vintage such as vinyl records and old gaming consoles are still finding new life—even without any new tech infusion—these days.

But in addition to the nostalgia of collecting outdated tech, there’s a certain X-factor when you bring in something old school and add a little twist to it. Just the experience of something new yet very familiar makes change a much less scary prospect and the resistance to it significantly lessened. Hence, our belief in the marriage of VR and old media.

Take for instance what The New York Times did when they released a story about children displaced by war (scroll to previous blog post for reference). The mixture of traditional media forms and “cutting-edge technology” can make for a great dynamic which can both inform and entertain at the same time when used properly. Soon, we may have virtual magazines with the same availability of the ones we now have at the news stand. So we say, at the risk of sounding like tech hoarders, keep the old and enhance it with the new tech.

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Virtual reality is taking us to places we’ve never been before. It isn’t a stretch to ask that we take the more traditional forms of media along for the virtual ride as well. After all, embracing emerging technology shouldn’t always equate to jilting the old aside.

Photo Credit: Jon S. CC by 2.0

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