Virtual Actions and their Real Consequences

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/should-murder-in-vr-be-illegal

http://www.jneurosci.org/content/25/45/10564.short

http://www.techaddiction.ca/pornography-addiction-statistics.html

http://mashable.com/2016/01/08/naughty-america-vr-porn-experience/#tMC00B8pfPq6

Virtual reality is the next great technological advancement. Consumers will soon be immersed in worlds of unbounded possibility. Consequently, with such potential comes extreme risk. Allowing consumers to indulge every fantasy they might have within virtual reality may be harmless in the real world but it could be extremely detrimental to the individual consumer.

There are conflicting reports about the true effects of violence in video games and other media translating to exacerbating violent tendencies in players and consumers. However, the psychologists Craig Anderson at Iowa State University and Wayne Warburton at Macquarie University in Sydney have found

“The repeated actions, interactivity, assuming the position of the aggressor, and the lack of negative consequences for violence, are all aspects of the gaming experience that amplify aggressive behavior.” This research focused on traditional video games. The total immersion virtual reality allows for will only strengthen the identification and bond between game player and in game actions.

There is research suggesting that humans are susceptible to deception about their own bodies. In one study a blindfolded participant stroked a rubber hand while being told they were stroking their own other hand when, in actuality, the researcher was stroking the subjects real hand. The subject reported, and magnetic imaging of the brain corroborated, that the subject believed they were touching themselves. This was dubbed the “rubber-hand illusion” by the researchers. Anecdotally, Raymond Wong, a writer for mashable.com, tested virtual reality pornography and felt at one point “a male porn star who was thrusting into ‘me’ was so up in my personal space, I swear I smelled his armpits. There wasn’t, of course, any smell.”

Virtual reality is also expected to be a harbinger for new and more advanced kinds of pornography. Naughty America is on the forefront of this new trend. As of January 2016, Naughty America had twelve virtual reality porn videos with plans to produce at least “one to two new VR porn videos every week”, according to Ian Paul, the chief information officer of Naughty America.

Porn addiction is currently not recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Despite no official recognition by the DSM, according to techaddiction.ca, “56% of divorce cases involved one person having an obsessive interest in pornographic websites.” Additionally, porn uses report severe clinical depression twice as frequently as non-porn users.

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Advancing technology is inevitable. From the radio to the television to the Internet, entertainment in all its forms is constantly evolving. Virtual reality is the next evolutionary step. While this is a natural evolution, people must be wary of the effects it can have on individuals. We don’t yet know how the immersive nature of virtual reality will affect individuals. Due to this lack of information, potentially harmful activities such as violence and pornography should be restricted on virtual reality platforms. There will undoubtedly be consumer demand for these activities in the virtual reality platform and in a capitalist society, it is unrealistic that they will be totally nonexistent, so we at Honest Action posit that an age limit of 21 be imposed on these potentially harmful behavioral simulators.

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The Power of Hate Speech!

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This image was centered around Texas competition to draw Muhammad, disrespecting the Muslim religion. In this image as one citizen says it is simply “free speech” to hold competitions like this another approaches and corrects him stating that actions like this are just as dangerous as yelling “fire” in a crowded theater. Speech like this threatens people being, causes chaos and does more harm than good in the community.

No Reason to Do it? ….Wrong!

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According to The First Amendment and the U.S. Constitution, “Congress shall make no law….abridging (limiting) the freedom of speech, or of the press…” Here at Honest Action, we believe that restrictions should be placed on the media to control their misleading views of the public.

The Patch posted an article titled “There is No Reason to Limit Freedom of Speech,” In this article, the author Ray Newman discusses Freedom of Speech and argues that there should be no limitations on what people can say. His fueling his argument was that citizens are mature and are able to “express their opinions without being censored.” Newman believes in people sharing their own opinions and looks at freedom of speech from the people’s perspective. He also believes that individuals should take it upon themselves and do their own research when reading anything. While part of this philosophy fits the Honest Action mold we simply do not agree with all of his views.

In regards to seeing all citizens as mature and able to make their own rational choices when it comes to free speech in many situations, this standard cannot be set for all of the US. Every year we see countless citizens create chaos and senseless violence that occurs in various parts of the country. Newman mentions that the government sets limits already; one example being people that cannot yell “fire” in a compact build. While Newman sees this as unnecessary this is a restriction that makes sense and enforces safety. In a world where anything can happen, why would it be irrational to believe someone yelling “fire” even if you did not visually see one? This can cause chaos and injuries, crushing and trampling. This is an extreme example of what can happen in this situation, but a realistic possibility. Dangerous and false statements harm our society. It would be naive to attempt to censor all statements of the sort just due to lack of resources to do so alone, especially due to the “Internet age,” but some speech and press are harmful to society as seen in the previous example.
Honest Action believes that people should be able to say whatever as long as it is not reckless and can possibly endanger the lives of others. Freedom and safety for all!