People riding in cars used to talk to one another – or watch the passing scenery. Maybe count cars or play One Headlight. Or just take a nap.
Some will remember.
It was called reality.
Instead, they will immerse themselves in a solipsistic, ersatz reality styled Holoride in which artificially generated scenery and characters such as happy-faced gnomes will flit across their eyes – without their eyes actually seeing them – because they don’t actually exist.
But which they can pretend are real.
It’s the Matrix – on wheels.
Some may remember the movie – in which humans existed in a virtual reality, literally plugged into the Matrix, a thoroughly convincing – an immersive – experience that kept them from experiencing reality or even being aware of it. Virtual steak diners at virtual five star restaurants, virtual friends and virtual experiences full of lots of virtual – that is to say, not actual – experiences.
Which they never got to experience because they didn’t know they weren’t experiencing.
That was a movie.
This summer, it’s an Audi – and soon, probably every other brand of car – driven by the same strange compulsion to immerse oneself in the virtual and ersatz that has made so many people unable – unwilling – to unplug from their sail fawns and look at reality.
The same addiction that causes family and friends sitting at the same dinner table to bury their faces in their screens rather than see each others’ faces.
To text rather than talk to the person sitting in the same room as you.
And now, they won’t even have to bother with texting. Instead, just affix your virtual (i.e., false) reality goggles and make sure your drool bucket is strapped tight.
The latter isn’t actual, of course – but it probably ought to be optional.
Visual/auditory Novocaine comes to “life” – the ersatz motion choreographed to match the actual movement of the car. “See” a scene from the past toll past, from the perspective of a horse-drawn carriage that doesn’t exist and which you’re not riding in. Smile at the colorful and cheerful artificial penguins who waddle, virtually across the virtual crosswalk. “Fly” with dinosaurs across a landscape which – like the actual dinosaurs – doesn’t actually exist.
The promo video (see above) shows a girl whose expressions indicate she is utterly bored by – appalled by – the actual world outside the glass. As she places the Holoride goggles over her face her expression changes to one of near-ecstasy as she immerses herself in the virtual world. The change in mood presented is reflective of the change in people’s focus. The real world is unpleasant so let’s pretend it doesn’t exist for awhile. We are happy in our ersatz reality – and the longer we stay there, the less we want to go back to reality.
That’s the danger of Holoride. Of all this “virtual” replacement of reality with confected “reality.” It is what made it possible for millions of people to immerse themselves in a false reality. To “see” a “pandemic” which didn’t exist, in reality. If they had been looking around them rather than at their phones – and Teevees – they might have noticed that the bodies weren’t stacking up like cordwood and that the hospitals weren’t “overflowing,” either. Instead, they “saw” people in China upchucking blood and keeling over in the streets.
They saw Fauci and Walensky and heard all about the cases! the cases! practically all the time. If they’d been immersed in reality, they would have seen it was all a show. It would have been very hard for Fauci and Walensky to convince them otherwise.
Soon, they’ll be convincing people to give up actually driving, too – in favor of the virtual and immersive experience. The drive to work is so boring. Imagine pretending you are driving in the 24 Hours of LeMans instead – the tach swinging up to 8,000 RPM as you reach for virtual fifth on the virtual Mulsanne straight, the speedo climbing past 200 MPH, just as if you were Ken Miles in an actual Ford GT 40.
Of course, you’re actually just a meatsack pretending you are. Perhaps because they reality that you’re not Ken Miles – or even driving, anymore – is too much to deal with right now.
Better make sure that drool bucket is strapped on tight.
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