Now That You’re Gone, We Love You

Why the Future is a Great Time To Be Dead

The dead are living pretty exciting lives these days. More exciting than many of us who are still breathing.

If you went to the mega-music festival called Bonnaroo in 2012, you beheld a sight that ancient cultures would describe as “paranormal.” The dead walked.

The headlines regarding the music event declared that rapper Tupac Shakur lives, even though he was murdered in 1996.

Not only did Tupac walk, he also rapped. And danced from beyond the grave. At least in hologram form thanks to Tupac’s old pal Dr. Dre.

The crowd was pleased. Apparently, the dead can rock as hard as the living.

Elvis Presley, arguably one of the biggest selling artists of all time, headlined a tour in 2011.

He shook his hips, he curled his lip, he flopped his hair around. The rockabilly crooner whipped the crowds into frenzies. But there was something unique about this tour. The King of Rock has been dead for decades.

Again, this was only possible through modern technology.

It begs the questions, “When and how do we die?”

The Actors of Yesterday Will Be the Actors of Tomorrow.

Actor Jeff Bridges starred in the movie “Tron: Legacy” in 2010. In the film, computers were used to create an avatar of Bridges from decades ago. Essentially, the film features a very convincing computer-generated simulation of Bridges from 25 years ago. If that makes sense, here is what it means.

Actors no longer need to be present, real, or even alive for that matter to star in movies. This may create conundrums when films are released starring both Charlie Chaplin and Jack Black.

To add to the confusion, it appears the legions of adoring fans love you more dead than alive.

Social media buzzes after the passing of a celebrity. Death is a real career booster.

This happened with Michael Jackson. His passing only boosted his album sales, giving him the best year he had in decades.

Let’s Meet Here Again In 100 Years

We need to rethink what it means to be dead in the world of tomorrow. After all, our avatars and holograms and online media personalities will far outlast us.

Tomorrow, only our flesh will die. But that death will be analog, temporary, and meaningless. Our digital lives are eternal.

The future. Everyone will be there. Everyone who ever lived, forever and ever.

We are going to need a bigger boat.


About Blog Boss

Jim MacKenzie and Sarah Giavedoni are the creators of the blogs Stuff Monsters Like, the Incredible Vanishing Paperweight, and more. When they are not blogging, they are devoted to managing the Asheville Blogger Society, watching movies, running a completely unrelated nonprofit, and making money at their paid employment.
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