Immersive Ruin: Chernobyl and Virtual Decay

  • Michelle Bentley


This chapter analyses ruin porn from the perspective of the Internet, and specifically virtual online experiences. Not least where sexual pornography is so heavily associated with its experience via the Internet, as opposed to an act that occurs in ‘real’ life or even via static photographic representations, this chapter explores how ruin porn is accessed and experienced online. Online ruin porn is analysed here within the theoretical framework of virtual dark tourism. In analysing this online aspect of ruin porn, this chapter looks specifically at the case study of Chernobyl, and also assesses the limitations of online experiences, not only in terms of dark tourism more widely but also museum engagement with online and enhanced virtuality experiences as a method of measurement.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle Bentley
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  1. 1.Royal Holloway, University of LondonEghamUK

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