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Had enough of reality? Try the metaverse

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21.09.2021

When I was six years old I fell in love. In fact, I found the man that I wanted to marry. I found him on TV.

Captain Scarlet was my first love. He’s good looking, he has piercing blue eyes, he’s indestructible, you can count on him in a crisis, he saves humanity repeatedly and he talks like Cary Grant.

My big brother was quick to react to this. He basically mocked me for my choice, saying that there was no way I’d end up as Mrs Scarlet because the captain wasn’t a real man. Captain Scarlet is a puppet.

I remember clearly that I had absolutely no idea what he was talking about. At six, and entranced by the escapism of TV, I had no way of differentiating flesh and blood from strings, wire and wood. I was surprised, and disappointed, that my brother seemed to think that Captain Scarlet’s identity was a problem for my future matrimonial plans.

The relationship between me and the Captain didn’t go anywhere; I’m not even sure he ever noticed me. And I moved on (eventually). However, the blurring of the so-called “real world” with living the fantasy has only got stronger, more pervasive, more widespread.

The metaverse has arrived, and you can live your dreams, your fantasies and........

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