By now, you have seen the below photo and the assorted reactions on Twitter. (I refuse to write “Twitter reaction” or “internet freakout,” because neither Twitter nor the internet have volition.)
Timothy Lee at Vox then proceeded to write a silly article under a quite reasonable byline: “But the internet's collective freakout misses an important point: No matter how ridiculous it might look to us today, there’s every reason to think virtual reality is going to be a big deal in the next few years.”
The problem with Lee? The reactions on Twitter were not saying that VR is ridiculous and will thus never become common. They were saying that VR will very clearly become common ... and that portends a future that is in equal parts horrible and ridiculous.
And it is coming even if Will Baird is correct in the fascinating debate happening in comments over here ...