NEW ESSAY: EMPATHY IN VIRTUAL REALITY
Dr. Scahill has a new short piece published this week in the media studies journal In Media Res, an online journal dedicated to timely and cutting-edge analysis of contemporary media. This week's essays are intended as companion pieces to the recent In Focus section of Cinema Journal dedicated to "Youth Culture" in media, where Dr. Scahill discussed the role of queer film festivals as providing a safe creative space for youth to learn filmmaking and engage in intergenerational dialogue with adult queer culture.
In the companion piece "Empathy Machines: Queer Youth Cinema in Virtual Reality," Dr. Scahill looks at the recent virtual reality film Out of Exile: Daniel's Story, in which audiences are placed within a real-life homophobic incident between a young man and his family. The piece considers virtual reality as a new frontier for digital empathies and understanding. Read the short essay here.