Ya'll, this here is the real Aunty Belle...well, as far as thar' is a real AB....
What I mean is that this heah ain't no ghost written muse by someone who took over mah avatar or that I bequeathed Aunty's avatar to so Aunty Belle can be immortal.
Confused? Ha! Me too.
But it seems that thar' is a whole lot goin' on in cyberworld than poor ole Aunty ever knew. Here are some clips from BrainReserve, a trend predictin' outfit that folks pay zillions to forecast culture waves. Shoot, I could do it fer peanuts, but then, I could be right and not at all as fantastical. Who'd pay fer accuracy when they could buy bizarre?
"Technology has enabled us to experiment with different personalities, leading to a much more fluid sense of who we are. Having tasted the nectar of virtual liberation, we’re beginning to reject the singularly defined roles we’re expected to play in society."
(AB sez: Role Playing used to be a branch of clinical psych, an' now we's makin' it a cultural trend?)
"Consumers globally are creating fully fleshed out existences in the virtual world-dressing up their avatars, making friends, having affairs and buying property for their pixilated alter-egos. And now that people have multiple lives, who says you can’t live forever?"
(AB sez: Buyin' property fer my avatar? Can a Poark Rind Magnate be happy in a converted monastery ?)
"While some let their avatars drift away to online purgatory, many more leave behind specific
instructions on how their virtual selves should proceed. Services offering avatar surrogates flourish, and we bequeath avatars to friends and family in our wills."(AB sez: Aunty is definitely headed to the online purgatory --ain't gonna have no Aunty surrogates, or be bequeathin' her in mah will ...fer mercy's sake!)
"Socially responsible brands make a buck while providing desperately needed services. Communities are revived by Target daycare, Starbucks learning centers, and Avis transportation services for the elderly."
(AB sez: This heah scares the stuffin' outa me. Gubmint ain't enough?? Now we gotta have our coffee shops in a Head Start center? )
BrainReserve anticipates the forging of a new type of identity in the coming years: The New Networked Self. The technological advances of the information age have produced the most powerful tools yet for shaping our collective human destiny. The world has simultaneously become more fluid and more connected, one of both infinite possibility and extreme intimacy.
(Ab sez: I ain't goin' thar'...even iffin' it is the "collective human desitny"....so I'se buyin' property in online Purgatory fer mah avatar.)