Journalists and activists are using VR and empathy to communicate narratives such as 6×9, an experience that puts you in solitary confinement. Thousands of people in the US are put into solitary confinement for all sorts of reasons and some end up with psychiatric disorders associated with the treatment.
You can never truly empathise with their situation without experiencing the real thing, but VR is the closest people can get. It’s one thing to read about what these people go through and another to see and hear it all around you. Sure, the experience might be fleeting but it hits home when you see their environment with your own eyes.