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What is the Opposite of Virtual Reality?

TIME magazine last week devoted eight pages (and probably 10,000 words) to virtual reality. The concept, of course, deals with environment(s) that simulate(s) physical presence(s) in places in the real world or imagined worlds and lets the user interact in that world(s). Virtual reality artificially creates sensory experiences, which can include sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste.

The article spent most of its length talking about the technological improvements that are making VR closer to a reality than ever before. My interest, however, piqued on the fifth page, when author Joel Stein wrote that some people are so comfortable with virtual reality, they refer to things outside VR as “RR,” or “real reality.”

Uh, that’s redundant. You don’t need real. You only need reality. Or you don’t need reality, you only need real. Take your pick.

Here’s another option: You could use Stein’s word choice.


Until next time! Use the right words!


August 17, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

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