The Metaverse Zucks
Our world is fake and was fake for a while now. But with the rise of Social Media we were able to spread the fakery even further. Many people are miserable, but if you look at their Social Media they seem to lead the happiest of lives. Yada, yada, yada — you know about all that. Nothing new.
So. Why would we want to expand that trend, make it even more shiny, accessible and propose holographic avatars, instead of tackling the foundational problems we’re facing as a modern society. Technological advances have been faster than sociological ones, by far and we haven’t even figured out the long-term effects of 24/7 exposure to EM-fields (like WIFI and mobile carrier signals), socio-ecological effects of Social Media on developing minds or the Bitcoin hype on energy management and our environment. But there’s already the next big thing. Proposed by “uncanny valley” humanlike Mark Zuckerberg.
By giving a shitty company doused in controversy a new name and coming up with something “dope”, the Zuck tries to elevate the whole internet experience for everyone to the next level. The idea is to merge gaming, virtual reality, communication, working, NFTs (digital ownership) and common, daily tasks into one big thing that conveniently can be called the first version of “The Matrix”. The promotional website of Matrix 4 even mentioned the Metaverse and it’s interesting how Matrix comes back to live just now, after 20 years of movie-franchise-slumber.
I like to argue that we, as people, no matter race, heritage or ability, are not ready for the influx of technological influence and control in and on our lives. We’re still sporting that fancy “caveman physiology” for the most part and we’re still thinking in tribes, even the people that pledge for sociological equity are their own tribe by defintion. But that’s another story for another day. You just can’t ignore how humans tick, how we work, how bonding, family, sexuality, etc. work. If I think about the first “Metaverse families”, that I am sure will arise in the near future, to loud fanfare in the media, I throw a little bit up in my mouth. Imagine being virtual. You can be anything and everything. “Families” in the Metaverse can be a group of total strangers, who act and live out family…