Monday August 10th 2015
literature on immersive hasn't really defined the word.
The assumption your correspondent has made is to say
that immersive-ness is to get so lost in the moment of
the activity that all else ceases to matter, which
suggests that immersive-ness is up there with authentic.
The Carpenter immersed in his work, with no care for the
world beyond his or her hammer and chisel. Some,
probably in the past, have considered this sense of
immersive-ness as the gold standard around which society
is best arranged. But I don't think that's what the
literature means by immersive.
goes on to argue that while there might have been a time
when opportunities to immerse were limited to something like
reading a book more recent innovations and technologies
available to sections of the earth's people have resulted in
a increased arena of immersion with a consequent dramatic
shrinking of attention span. Better perhaps to put the whole
problem into in the perspective of Pong, a computer game
which some years ago was very much the rage for those of us
unallied to any sort of useful activity. Yes indeed it's a
long journey traveled since the pen and inks of an