Today’s 360 VR Buzz: VR makes a WWII radio broadcast feel real — and raises some questions

This was a very interesting BUZZ that I found today and wanted to share with you.

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On the night of September 3, 1943, hundreds of Royal Air Force pilots and crew prepared themselves and their planes for the long flight across the North Sea to conduct a night-time raid over Berlin. One of over 350 raids carried out over the German capital during the war, what made this a significant date was the cargo being carried on board one Lancaster bomber in particular — “F for Freddie.” Taking off from RAF Langar in Nottinghamshire, F for Freddie was equipped with an additional weapon beyond its usual payload of machine guns and bombs: a journalist. BBC reporter Wynford Vaughan-Thomas and his engineer, Reg Pidsley, joined the RAF crew to record and broadcast the night’s events through radio, as the aircraft flew its mission over enemy-occupied territory swarming with hostile fighters. In his own words, watching the bombs drop  “was like watching somebody throwing jewelry on black velvet, winching rubies, sparkling diamonds all coming up at you.” It was possibly the most hazardous eyewitness account given on the radio during the whole war.

The immersive wartime experience   This broadcast gripped the nation and gave civilians and historians alike a rare insight into the nature of the bombing raids – and the people who flew them. So why am I telling you this? The intense detail of this recording has enabled the BBC to recreate Vaughn-Thomas’ journey in a VR experience — where users ride along in F for Freddie and witness what Vaugh-Thomas described as the “biggest fireworks show in the world”. The incredible, incessant march of technology means that this VR experience was unthinkable even a decade ago — but while these innovations are exciting, they also raise interesting questions. As history moves from being “written by the victors” to being coded by the programmers, how do we ensure accurate representations are created? And perhaps more importantly — do we want to re-create accurate representations? Given the gruesome nature of much of history, are some experiences better left to the textbooks?

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