Is Hatsune Miku the Tony Clifton of JPOP?


#1

These two fictional music personalities have a distressing amount of commonalities, including the fact that both of them have appeared on David Letterman. Do you think there’s much difference between an actor (or two) playing a character and a CGI character if both exist under the artificial pretense that they’re “real”? This gap may be bridged by a third “character” who appeared on David Letterman, Max Headroom, who was played by an actor dressed up to appear as if he was CGI. We’ve been readily accepting fictional people occupying our world for a long time (at disneyland you can hang with your favorite corporate-sponsored furries), but with the advent of computer technology this has really ramped up. Kizuna AI is a popular Japanese let’s player whose gimmick is that she pretends to be a CGI AI character. The horse_ebooks twitter became popular because it seemed to be a bot, but it was actually a person taking the role of a twitter bot. Should we readily accept the increasing liminal space between reality and fiction that the influx of these kinds of characters create? Or is it more symptomatic of a larger problem with reality that we have in the digital age, where much bigger problems like divided feeds and fake news crop up? is the digital age apocalyptic in the eye-opening sense in that it revealed to us that reality was always easy to manipulate


#2

Tony Clifton is the Tony Clifton of JPOP.


#3

Hatsune Miku is the Hatsune Miku of Pizza
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW2D_Votd2Y


#4

How would the Gorillaz factor into this theory?