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March 21, 2007



“It is terrifyingly easy to fool ourselves into thinking what we are doing is significant.” How true that is. No more so, I don’t think, for computer interactivity than for any other human endeavor, though. Of course, there is some value to our projecting virtual doppelgangers into cyberspace: by creating them, we have to freedom to define ourselves more literally than before. Our avatars are ideals, and therefore, they are not really us, but with wisdom, we may even begin to see how we can change to become closer to the projection. There is no doubt that the virtual world will become a mind prison for some, but the world has no shortage of these, and anyone whose mind becomes imprisoned in cyberspace was probably destined for one of the others. In other words, there are minds that will always find a way to imprison themselves. Perhaps I am taking your words too seriously by suggesting this, but you seem to be acting out of some sort of desire to defy, or at least escape, what you see as “the powers that be.” Read a little more Baudrillard and you will come to recognize that this too is an illusion. Not only do the powers that be no longer exist, but power itself no longer exists. Fear random violence, if you wish, but a hidden, controlling hand? It isn’t there. Perhaps its non-existence is actually a more frightening thought than its existence? You should use the power of virtuosity to create what you want, of course, but your efforts will be polluted if they are a reaction to a perceived outside negative force.

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