Don’t let Reese Witherspoon make you crazy


Enlarge / Actress Reese Witherspoon during an interview on Thursday, December 17, 2021.

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At 12:24 pm on January 11, actress and businesswoman Reese Witherspoon made a shocking announcement to her 2.9 million Twitter followers. “In the (near) future, every person will have a parallel digital identity,” she said. wrote. “Avatars, crypto wallets, digital goods will be the norm. Are you planning this?”

That final line struck a note of urgency. The metaverse is coming, was her message, And you haven’t packed your travel bag yet?

Witherspoon’s tweet came amid a backlash against celebrities cheering on the virtual world and pushing their fans into cyber currency. It was bad enough that for years we had been pummeled by crypto guys for not diverting all of our cash reserves to bitcoin and HODLing no matter what. The Twitter story of “bitcoin billionaireTyler Winklevoss (who, with his twin brother, Cameron, has done very well since Mark Zuckerberg beat him up at Harvard) is an endless barrage of FOMO pitches, delivered with the enigmatic fake wisdom of a blockchain Buddha. “Thanks to Bitcoin, the universe will never be the same,” he said. tweeted Recently. Got it, God?

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Such self-interested investment advice by those in the real crypto business can easily be called off. But now the celebrities are piling in and people are taking notice. the creepy Matt Damon Commercial where he compares crypto investors to heroes who explore the stars or climb Everest (pre-Sandy Pittmanpresumably) has been infinitely Y ruthlessly deconstructed. (Even South Park got her licks on.) Everyone hates that tonight show clip where Jimmy Fallon and Paris Hilton get bored with their bored monkeys. Witherspoon herself has been criticized for her NFT holdingsand if your interest is as an investor or promoter.

I am less interested in Witherspoon’s non-fungible tokens than in his ominous public warning of an impending change that we have to deal with, like now. Life is already stressful enough with Covid, inflation and Lady Gaga oscar snub. Now we also have to worry that we are behind in our avatars? Will the metaverse hit us like that comet in don’t look upleaving us tragically embroiled as the poor souls living in the Pacific Northwest who may be in the path of a deadly tsunami when does the Cascadia fault tremble? Should we take a cue from Apple’s TV star? morning show and drop everything to start our planning?