From the first time when I touched the Internet, virtualities intertwined with realities just as days intertwined with nights.
You can type anything you want when chatting with strangers online through IM tools, and you would never know whether your invisible counterpart is a dog. But in real world, you can not say anything that has not been considered in your mind to your colleagues or boss. You can do anything you like, even illegal, in online games. But in real world, maybe you don't even have a little courage to make a terrible quarrel with someone. You may like to change your avater sex in online game, but in real world, you must not change the way you taking piss.
Our world has changed into this way. There are some people who has been deeply attracted to the Internet, the virtual world, but actually they are living in the real world. They blog, chat and play online games. They steal vegetables, give fish electric shocks and rob parking places in virtual world. Some of them indulge in the virtuality. They always imagine something which will never happen in real world, but they enjoy their poor imaginations very much. It seems that they don't have enough time to think about the unreal world before they get indulged in it. On the other hand, the online world has some advantages. For example, the taobao.com provide us with efficiency when shopping, and opportunities to start a small business.
It is very hard to imagine that if our world will become a place like 《matrix》 where we all live in a pure virtual world. But, after watching 《avater》, I felt more comfortable, and it provided me with an opportunity to think about the relationship between our world and the virtual world deeply.
A man with handicap of his legs got into a totally new world where he can walk and run with his legs. The new world is virtual for him, and it is also real for him. The new world in the movie is another planet similar to the earth. Through science fiction, the director put the two world into one time line and let human scientists have the ability to use their soul to control a body of creature in that planet named Navi. The man completely indulged in the virtual and real world, and he even fell in love with a Navi girl. At last, he "betrayed" human being and gave up his human body and became a Navi with human memories. I think that many professional online game players maybe envy the man's chance to give up his unhealthy body and go into virual world only with his soul.
The most creative thing in the movie, I think, is the integration of virtuality and reality, and the virtuality is still based on reality. I believe this is the point of virtual technology's value, that virtual technology must serve for real world. It is just like the Internet. Our world has bound with this biggest and greatest virtual world in almost every corners of our society. It provides us with many benefits in our daily life. And it is another human world.
But any other world composed with human is the same. It has good things, and it also has bad things such as drugs which we all know we can not touch. But in virtual world, as the regulations are far away from perfect, there are many "mental drugs" which can not be indentified easily. What a pity that so many students indulge in online games and have been wasting so much time!
In last minutes of 《avater》, there is a very meaningful fragment. A human and a Navi controlled by another human fighted together. Their deadly fight crossed both the real and virtual world. It seemed the same with our world!
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