Chapter . Celebrities and Millions of Us

Molotov Alva is a star in an HBO series. He’s been featured in Time magazine. He is represented by UTA, one of the top acting agencies in Los Angeles, he’s been considered for an Oscar, and he’s making more on his licensing deal than most actors are today. The series is about a guy who “uploads,” or leaves his real world behind and chooses another in Second Life.

Celebrities and Millions of Us

Molotov Alva, Second Life

But Molotov isn’t a human. He’s an avatar. Molotov is an idoru (Japanese for idol, which can also mean a celebrity who doesn’t have a physical body). The television series was written and directed by Douglas Gayeton, a filmmaker, ...

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