I showed Gay Talese virtual reality.

“You’re right. It isn’t there,” I fumbled with the contraption and got it to play. I picked one of the shorter videos. “Ok, now you can see. This is an airdrop in Africa. You can turn your head and look around.”

He watched, gazing around the room with the cardboard goggles over his eyes as a virtual jet flew over head dropping aid packages, and then….

“But this doesn’t interest me in the least!” he said, removing them from his eyes. “You know why? You know why?”