While I’m not surprised that VR can be used as a tool for empathy, I’m a little taken aback that a tool as immersive as VR needs to be used to teach people to be empathetic. What does this say about other modes of communication? What makes it so hard for people to put themselves aside to understand another persons position? I think learning from an “experience” is great, but I think it would be more fruitful if people could finally learn to be empathetic through listening.
Additionally if VR has the power to teach empathy in ways other media can’t what other things is it capable of? Bias is something always lurking in the media and responsible journalism is something that is disappearing from the media. What kind of responsibility needs to be used when using VR?