A 9 a.m. crew call had me out of bed earlier on Friday morning and making my way over to 10 Dundas and up to the 3rd floor. I thought I was early, so waited at the food court until Michelle showed up. She had been delayed by the subway. We followed Zack from RTA into the Digital Media Zone (DMZ), who was pushing stands and sandbags that were needed for the shoot. Michelle had done the research for the two people that we were interviewing: Tom Rand & Brian Schuster.
Tom Rand is an venture capitalist, entrepreneur, who focuses on clean energy & sustainability. He came out with a book and own planet traveler, a green hostile in Toronto. He talked to us about virtual environments & how our reality is actually a virtual, us living in our houses with air conditioning, hiding from the world, while consuming fossil fuels. He talked about how the young people are not to be seen on the street and tweet their opinions, but that doesn’t change the world. I kept thinking that maybe it’s because we’ve given up. We enter the world the way that it is, expected to clean up the mess that some of us don’t even know that we’re in. People that have tried, feel like they have no power to change it, no influence and lack of finances. We’ve been drilled and molded by the institutions that teach us to stay in our place and there are so many young people that can’t seem to think for themselves. I found the issues that Rand brought up was extremely interesting.
All the topics that were brought up during the day were all related to what had been discussed in my elective, Interactivity and Networking the previous day. It all interconnected, the concerns of ethics, young people, and questions about migrating to a completely virtual world. Rand said that virtual worlds are a distraction, but are not complex enough to keep us there.
After lunch, we interviewed Brian Schuster, founder of Utherverse, the creator of Red Light Center, a virtual “adult” experience. We asked him questions, some that came out of Rand’s interview. Unfortunately, we were unable to hear the interview, as it was a Skype conversation with Ramona.
We’ll be transcribing the interviews soon and I’m looking forward to what he has to say about the social side of his virtual world and his responses to the complexity of the real vs. virtual world.