we have begun to conceive of a mutually shaping relationship between gender and technology, in which technology is both a source and a consequence of gender relaations.
Reality is relative to the
observer, so by analogy, a table is “solid” because our hands are made of the same atoms as the
table. To a neutrino, the table is just a ghostly insubstantiality through which it flies, as is the
entire earth. Things constituted the same way are substantial to each other, so likewise what is
“real” depends upon the world it is measured from.
However VR theory does not claim
that the world is unreal to its inhabitants, only that it is not objectively real.
One of the things our grandchildren will find quaintest about us is that we distinguish the digital from the real.