Well, I can definitely say that when I wrote those "Tupac Back" posts a few weeks back wondering and theorizing about what Pac would be doing if he had never died of acute bullet poisoning, this is not what I had in mind. I'm sure by now you've seen or at least heard of the above video (and if not, congratulations on waking up out of that coma) showing a Tupac performance from beyond the grave.
Others have marveled at the technology required to make such a realistic projection of a dead person. To be honest I'm pretty fascinated by it too, but I can't help but to find it creepy as fuck at the same time. I like Pac as much as the next man, and maybe it's just me, but what's the difference between this and a ghost again? It reminds me of that one movie about the crazy invisible scientist that I forgot the name of. No sir, I don't like it...don't like it one bit.
The crazy part is that it's not going to stop here. They'll continue to make holo men as long as people will pay to see them. Every dead celebrity who has ever died a celebrity will eventually be resurrected. We'll see Michael Jackson moonwalking across some stage again. A lot of Elvis impersonators will now have to find real jobs. Maybe they'll even bring back Jesus himself, just for kicks.
I don't know, I love technology and everything, but I don't know if I can get behind this one. I already barely can keep track of who's alive and who's dead, and this just makes things that much harder. This also sucks for current entertainers who are thin, talentless imitations of those who preceded them and just happen to be dead or too old now. Now that they can just skip the middleman and produce a much better simulation for a new generation, where does that leave them? Will we still need the current crop of female R&B singers once Aaliyah's reanimated?
Not only that, but if they're using this kind of amazingly advanced technology for entertainment now, how long have they had it and better for...other purposes? (It's my "night vision" theory. See, at one time night vision goggles were the cutting edge of science and the general public knew next to nothing of them, but the day I saw a fully functioning pair in a toy store for 20 bucks, I knew that not only was the technology highly outdated, but they likely had since replaced it with something far more advanced.) I'm no conspiracy nut, but it's kind of an uncomfortable thought to know that you can't even totally trust your eyes any more.
Whatever my opinion of it, people are talking about it and rightfully so. It's totally astounding to see the full extent of our technological advances in twentytwelve (well, as much as they'll show us, anyway). Maybe this is just the direction of things and I really sound like an old man right now. However, similar to the difference between watching a favorite dead entertainer on an old recording and watching his actual ghostly form perform ghostily, it's just different for me when I see it in depth.