“The Art of Immersion: Fear of Fiction” is an article where the author states his point of view about the fear that fiction creates on people, and they tend to live in their own believes. In the begging of the article there is an information about his earlier life, he the journalist and the writer. In his essay he is raising a question about “…conventional wisdom that people desire “authenticity”” (p.366). Through out his article he provides a reader with lots of evidence about his main point, to prove his point he used pieces of literature, media, and films.
While we watch and read fiction our mind begins to develop different perception on the world, and fiction has a main impact on us. In 2009 “Avatar” becomes a sensation of the year, a lot people went to the cinema to watch that amazing fiction movie. The movie itself were creating a fairytales for the viewers, “the following morning, I had the peculiar sensation of wanting to return there, as if Pandora were real” says the author. In nowadays the technology is so widespread, that certain things doesn’t seem unusual, but still they inspire us and we want to have a life as shown in the film. As the author continues his article he gives another example from Miguel de Cervantes piece of writing, there was character whose name is Don Quixote, and his unbelievable story of characters life that he lost his mind while reading days and nights books about knights and one night Don Quixote left his house for adventures, to follow knights life. Another example that Frank Rose brings from Janet Murray observation, he found out that with every new inventing people change and new technology “arouses fear and even hostility as a result” (p. 367).
Frank Rose shows even more examples, he uses the book by Ray Bradbury “Fahrenheit 451” about a man who is a firefighter, and they live in the world in which the books are not exist, and who ever had a book they were burn by those fire fighters. Eventually the main character turns “into the savior of the books” (p. 367). The author of the book was showing us what the technology does to human being; it blinds human minds as “phosphorescent glow”. In 1932 “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley’s came in the production as a movie, and it seem “dangerously, immersive, more-real-than-reality real”. There were also, phantom and fiction characters, which again created a fear to he audience.
18th hundred was the time of big invention in industry and other fields of human creation. It was also a great time of writing and one of the best-known authors is Charles Dickens, Frank Rose gives a brief explanation of his works. The most famous book that was written was “Oliver Twist” about an orphan, this book “gives a rise to the workhouses Dickens describing also creates a readership of his story and a way of reaching then that was cheap enough to be practicable” says the author of the article. What Dickens was showing in his novels is the future of writing as well as then goes into the new technologies. Fiction novels according to a critic “North British Review” create a dream in which person wants to live.
Toward conclusion the author of the article talks about nowadays, how technology impacts our society, we live in illusion, we are afraid to show who we really are, because we can hide ourselves under the mass production of different programs that changes our behavior as well as our physical look. “We think this what we want” (p.370) but it is now what happens in the real world.
Answer to the question #4 page 371.
“It is what we think we want. What we really want is to go back to Pandora, even though we’ve never been there in the first place,” (par.25) states Frank Rose. I agree with the author because I personally sometimes do that, when I watch a great movie with the happy ending, or the life situations change the person dramatically, I sometimes want to be in his spot even though I might have not react/respond to that situation same as the fiction character does. I want to relate this quote to the piece of literature of Charles Dickens “Christmas Carol” the main character’s personality is very cold, after his friends death he becomes even more lonely in the world, his greediness’ and cruelty is beyond him, his love for the money creates different set of his mind, he doesn’t care about the surrounding. In his perspective money plays a main role in life. But, when the ghost of Marley arrives he tells Scrooge of what now he goes through after his death, because he was same as Scrooge they were almost living in the cell not knowing what goes around them. There are people who needed their money to survive, after that fiction ghost arrives and told all these things to Scrooge, he didn’t want to belie in that a slight fear took over him, Scrooge says: “A slight disorder of the stomach makes them cheats. You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There's more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!” (p. 67, iBook version) he makes those excuses, because he has a fear to accept the truth which ghost tells him. Eventually that fiction character will have a great impact on Scrooge’s life in the future.
While reading this article it reminded me of a movie “The Truman Show”, Jim Carry plays a main role, since his birth his lives in peaceful city, with a nice and kind people around him, and as he growth he doesn’t realized that everything around him is just a stage with actors who seem very happy, but they really play a role of being happy. As the movie goes on the main character Truman starts to realize that something is wrong, when he wanted to run he was on the boat while he was traveling he hit the wall with painted clouds. Suddenly he realizes that it is a fantasy, and everything is made up, then he met with the producer of the film. He was terrified by what he heard of the producer, that people were watching on TV and following his life. It is very sad what media does to us; it creates fiction, and destroys people’s lives. Truman had just a different perception on life, he never faced the reality he live in created by someone world.