Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday that Facebook Inc. would be rebranding, with immediate effect. Henceforth, Meta Platforms Inc., or just Meta, will move focus away from apps and platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, and towards Metaverse content.
But what is the Metaverse?
While the concept has largely been ignored within the political sphere, both left and right, the idea of the Metaverse has been taking the world of tech investing by storm. Major outlets such as CNBC and the BBC had already been discussing the concept and its implications before Zuckerberg’s keynote yesterday, with many within the tech community seeing the concept as the next major economic horizon, similar to the advent of the world wide web.
Put simply, the Metaverse is an ecosystem of a variety of virtual environments and experiences, sewn together through universal platform standards, to create a single, parallel world to our own, accessible through VR and AR technology.
In slightly less nerdy terms, it’s the development of a real-life Matrix. Or Snow Crash. Or Ready Player One. Or Sword Art Online. There’s a lot of Sci-Fi equivalents to choose from here.
The Metaverse, should it become a mainstream feature of human existence, will allow people to escape into a fully-realized digital world, one which will become less and less distinct from reality as it continues to develop and increase in complexity. Eventually, it will become just as real as the real world.
While the technology to fully realize the Metaverse is a ways off, it is at this point almost completely certain that it’s coming. Zuckerberg’s estimates from Meta’s keynote is that the tech needed to get the Metaverse operating in a self-sustaining fashion is a decade off, more or less.
But it will likely be in a proto-operational state much sooner than that.
Pod People and Other Ice-Cold Takes:
While the metaverse concept has largely been ignored by the political left and right, the Meta keynote has somewhat awoken many on the right at least to the impending future. However, initial commentary has been rather basic and infantile.
Taking a quick look at Right-Wing Twitter tells you everything you need to know about the knee-jerk reaction to Zuckerberg’s vision. Lots of shouting about not wanting to eat ‘the bugs’, and not wanting to live in a wagie-slave pod for the rest of one’s life, reveal a Right that has long since caught on that the will of various technocratic elites are not in-line with the general population.
That being said, it is utterly unreasonable to think that anyone can close this Pandora’s Box. The foundational technology involved in the Metaverse project are either already here, or just around the corner. Widespread adoption is now a question of when, not if, and if a technology will make life either better or easier for people, they will use it. Fighting for abstinence here is like shooting arrows at the sea.
Ultimately, these takes revael right scared of change, even if that change may be extremely beneficial to its interests.
Lessons from the Nineties:
The 2D internet as we know it today is likely as fully realized as it will ever be. Yes, it will no doubt become more complex, with higher resolution web pages and more interesting AI integration, but its fundamental format, its nature of existence, will largely remain as is.
However, long before the internet was accessible, let alone widely used by the vast majority of humanity, it was making massive waves in our socio-cultural sphere.
The Monica Lewinsky scandal, the scandal that almost took down a sitting US president, was broken on the rickety web of the 1990s. The scandal was first broken by a then nascent Drudge Report, back when the iMac, sporting a hefty 32MB of ram, was some of the best hardware available to the average consumer (though still cost well over a thousand dollars in 90s money, which, when accounting for inflation, would be well over the two thousand mark today).
It is no exaggeration that the internet powered the early days of the Lewinsky scandal, and as time went on, the internet only gained in strength and influence.
Likewise, early political adopters of the tech, such as Matt Drudge and Andrew Breitbart, ended up founding organizations that would become kingmakers in the coming decades. Breitbart News, for example, was a key part in the rise of Donald Trump in 2016. Breitbart’s origins though are arguably in the early nineties webscape, not the modern technocratic hell that is modern social media.
The New Warfront:
While the Right are indeed correct to be concerned with the new leap into the Metaverse, and how it will interact with the various other nefarious schemes in place today, irrational fear will not serve its interests.
The Metaverse holds within it the power to create hell on earth. Its nature gels well with the transhuman agenda of many modern elites, and in the wrong hands, it could enable the erosion of property rights for the average person.
However, in the right hands, it could be like manna from heaven for the right.
Zuckerberg throughout the presentation repeatedly emphasizes the importance of connecting people within the new frontier, and how the Metaverse will do for personal connection what the internet never could.
In short, the Metaverse is looking to largely replace a lot of the social-media facsimile of human interaction we have today.
With this being the case, could the Metaverse not be used to fix a wide variety of societal problems we have today, should it find itself in the hands of the right people? Could it not be used to repair the completely destroyed attention span of our population? Could it not be used to resocialize the world in a way not seen since the invention of the television? Could it not be the tool that ultimately saves the world?
I honestly believe it could.
Not only that, but the Metaverse offers a new avenue for the often-deplatformed right-wing to get its message across. As many creators are turfed off of major social media platforms, building a solid base of operations within the Metaverse will likely prove vital in the future.
The Metaverse, as a concept alone, is far from against the interest of the Right. It is a system that looks to heighten human connection in a way that is highly difficult to regulate and control, especially in its infancy (the internet still is largely a wild west, despite being around for decades now). As the Right is stripped from many of the more widely travelled hubs of the net, should it not try to find a new home in the new frontier?
First Mover Advantage:
The metaverse, while not yet self sustaining, will be a mainstay of everyday life within ten years. Resistance to this fact is ultimately futile.
With this being the case, the Right should be looking to get comfortable with this new frontier ASAP, and especially long before megacorps, libtards and the general Left get their grubby little hands on it.
Just as the likes of Drudge weaponized the early internet, we need to be able to weaponize the Metaverse. If we are not, no doubt someone else will.