I'm a huge fan of radio dramas. I actually enjoy listening to baseball on the radio more than watching a game. Something about the way that the commentators paint the picture of the game. Reading over the history of the show, I was very impressed with the story of the theme song. So cool that it was done without synthesizers. Just different bizarre gizmos and noise makers recorded and spliced together. When you compare the original to the later versions that they have, the original is so much better.
Andrei Codrescu is right. Cyber reality is in the same league as plastic flowers. Cheap imitations of the real thing for people to lazy to deal with reality.
The fact is that the reason that people try to excape into their computers is the real life on this planet sucks. Community is dead. Human interaction is dying. Soon it will be so unbearable that cyber will be everything not because it is so much better than reality but because reality is so much worse.
This all plays into the goals of consumerism. Create and control desire. The greatest achievement for corporations is the day that consumers are forced to buy reality itself. We already have to buy everything else: water, food, shelter, light. What is left? Air, sight, sound. Soon you will have to upgrade to MS version whatever just to be able to talk to someone in the approved fashion. "No, I don't like talking to people in real life. I'm much thinner online."