Has anyone ever asked you to put yourself in their shoes? What exactly does that statement mean? Obviously the request doesn't really concern one's footwear, but is instead asking for the person to relate, to try and imagine sharing someone else's unique experience. Experience, though is impossible to share completely. This hasn't stopped people from trying
. An advance in media usually means a more powerful simulation that can better hide the fact that the simulation, the media, represents a fundamental barrier
Alternatively there is the fear of over saturation of media; that a viewer will become so connected with and dependent
on the media that they will choose the media over the real. Take, for instance, Bobby Newark's mother in Count Zero, who spends all her time tapped into the Sense/Net; someone else's simulated life.