On September 10, 2011 (TN is experiencing a little backlog), the WSJ devoted several column inches in the country's highest-selling newspaper to the possibility that virtual goods have real value. The author, Holly Finn, does a nice job of making the basic point. In a poignant closer, she says that her augmented-reality New York, with its twin towers still there, feels more real than the physical New York, where they sadly remain missing. At the same time, she brings something new to the discussion, "holomelancholia," a term coined by novelist Alex Shakar to describe the inevitable disappointment of virtual worlds. It seems so cool, and then, something sets in - I almost said 'reality' - the possibilities fade, the experiences seem not so cool, the other people are just other people, as usual. So is disapointment everywhere? Or, is it in our heads, not in the realities we construct out of those heads? Or maybe the hedonic treadmill is at work: You find something cool, but your brain adapts to it, and then you need something more cool to get the same rush.
What's most noteworthy, though, is the simple fact that more and more people in all walks of life are realizing that VR is here.