Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Monday, April 30, 2021

Given that the average MySpace or Second Life “friend” is, for practical purposes, nothing but an electronic ghost, you could do worse than adopting a deceased persona as your online avatar.

First of all, is there any real difference between a virtual person and a dead one? A virtual person does not really exist, even though it can do a bunch of things from buying virtual real estate to engaging in virtual conversations and exchanging virtual fluids. It can, in short, do only virtual things.

A dead person does not really exist, either, even though, unlike a virtual one, it has the benefit of having once actually existed, leaving a record behind that is much more tangible and meaningful than a virtual person. Like that virtual entity, the dead person can, at this point, do only virtual things.

So we must ask ourselves: are the virtual things that a virtual person is capable of doing any less “real” than the virtual things that a dead person can do?

Who knew it was an imperative to start networking now for the afterlife?

Thomas Edison’s legendary spirit phone/”psycho-phone” comes to mind as finally having a practical application here.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/30/2007 11:28:27 PM
Category: Creative, Internet
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