For some of those immersed in virtual worlds, everything loses its meaning – even racism and fascism.
Several people have explained to me that it was all just fun; he didn’t mean it. Which, to my mind, is exactly the problem. When the Holocaust, nazism and racism are so abstracted from reality that they become just another expression of ironic detachment, when moral norms collapse into knowing laughter, our defences against offline horrors disintegrate.
Source: Screened Out – George Monbiot