Where I Live, Most People Want To Be Al Pacino’s Scarface

The movie magic is gone

The promise of an alternative life — the vicarious thrill of escape — has always been one of the movies’ greatest blandishments. In the theater we could all imagine ourselves to be Cary Grant or Bette Davis. Now with avatars — essentially masks that one can use to represent oneself on the Internet — anyone can be Cary Grant or Bette Davis without having to imagine it. In effect, we have become our own movies.

Avatar? Avatar?

They ain’t using virtual bullets around me!

And really, Gabler, how many droolers on the net would know who the hell Grant or Davis were without a fast trip to Google or Wikipedia? You are several generations behind! Welcome to ObsoleteLand, Gabler. Let me give you a tour…

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