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Towards Immersive Journalism - IPSRESS

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Published on Apr 14, 2010

As journalism goes through extraordinary transformation, Immersive Journalism offers a novel way to utilize gaming and Virtual Reality platforms to convey news and non-fiction stories. These platforms offer the user an immersive experience that can compliment and extend news media reports in traditional media. The experience depicted here explores how to report the information provided in FOIA obtained transcripts documenting the interrogation of Detainee 063, Al Khatani in Guantanamo Bay Prison in 2002 and 2003. It also attempts to describe, through this new platform, the multiple news reports on detainees being held for extended periods in stress positions. The collaboration with scientists Mel Slater and Maria Sanchez-Vives informs this effort with current research on the perception of our sense of embodiment, allowing for a viewer to undergo an illusionary transformation of the physical body, thus perceptually, if not literally, entering the body of the other.

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