Frank Biocca Taeyong Kim University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mark R. Levy University of Maryland
When anything new comes along, everyone, like a child discovering the world, thinks that they've invented it, but you scratch a little and you find a caveman scratching on a wall is creating virtual reality in a sense. What is new here is that more sophisticated instruments give you the power to do it more easily. Virtual reality is dreams.--
The year is 1941. Engineers and industrialists are introducing a new medium to the country. Few can predict the significant influence of this new "gadget" with the odd name, tele-vision -- vision at a distance. It is not just a novelty in a research lab or an amusement at a World's Fair. Although a technological reality, it is not yet a psychological and cultural reality. In the early 1940's there are less than 5,000 sets in the United States. But soon, the light from the TV screen will flicker in every home and mind in the country.
Change the channel. The year is 1988.2 Engineers and industrialists are____________________