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The immersive turn: Hype and hope in the emergence of virtual reality as a nonfiction platform

Rose, Mandy

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Mandy Rose Mandy.Rose@uwe.ac.uk
Professor in Documentary and Digital Cultures



Abstract

© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This article responds to the recent wave of experimentation with Virtual Reality (VR) as a nonfiction platform. Amidst daily announcements of new VR documentary initiatives, and at times giddy claims about the potential of this new medium, I consider how a media technology expected to enter the mainstream as a games platform became a magnet for nonfiction producers. VR is not a new medium, and has been the subject of a substantial body of research across arts and science. This research is also the site of claims for the pro-social potential of VR, which provide a significant context for its adoption for nonfiction. Less attention has been given to ethical risks posed by VR, which I highlight, and which I suggest require attention within documentary practice. The article concludes with a discussion of the symbiotic relationship between technology and content development in this arena. All these factors have come together at the intersection of VR and nonfiction to produce a heady mix of commercial excitement (hype) and techno-utopianism (hope) which this article highlights and analyses.

Citation

Rose, M. (2018). The immersive turn: Hype and hope in the emergence of virtual reality as a nonfiction platform. Studies in Documentary Film, 12(2), 132-149. https://doi.org/10.1080/17503280.2018.1496055

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 26, 2018
Online Publication Date Jul 10, 2018
Publication Date Jul 10, 2018
Deposit Date Jul 27, 2018
Publicly Available Date Aug 11, 2018
Journal Studies in Documentary Film
Print ISSN 1750-3280
Electronic ISSN 1750-3299
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 2
Pages 132-149
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/17503280.2018.1496055
Keywords communication, visual arts and performing arts
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/864623
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17503280.2018.1496055

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