Friday, March 02, 2007
Yesterday I agreed to take part in a conference with George Osborne about the social impact of the web; today I realise I am not qualified. This story completely threw me. I had been dimly aware of these virtual worlds on the web, but, on first reading, I had assumed that Republican Second Lifers were some sort of pressure group like Pro-Lifers or the NFA. Perhaps, I mused, they campaigned for the old, supporting their wholesome aspirations for a 'second life'. But no. They are inhabitants of a virtual world in which, as in the real one, there are Republicans. The trashed John Edwards' HQ is, of course, also virtual. The imagination reels. In due course, it is clear, there will be no need for the real political world at all. Candidates need not have bodies, they can be party constructs, wooing virtual electorates with their promises of entirely unreal policies. Or perhaps that's happened already. We are in The Matrix. Am I just too old to accept this? Olive, at 107 the oldest blogger in the world, seems to be coping. I, however, might have to resort to this, not that I am suffering from boredom, rather a bad case of future shock. I'm very drawn to the kangaroo solution.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 8:21 am