Saturday, June 25, 2011

Virtual reality

I witnessed a robbery this morning. One man sprinting from factory premises, followed by another. Shouting, pointing. I glance to the end of the long perimeter wall and see two yoofs jumping down. Queue hot pursuit.

It was a scene I’d viewed probably a thousand times in the movies, but as the events unfolded in the space of about four seconds, a gut feeling of shock and, yes, mild horror overcame me.

Why would I feel this way? Am I not supposed to be so dulled by scenes of everyday violence on TV, in videogames and the like, as to be immune to such a primitive response when reality bites? Is my suspension of disbelief so...superficial?

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