Have you ever been to www.simpsonizeme.com? It’s pretty cool. I haven’t really thought alot about avatars, but there seems to be something important going on here. You can go the this site, upload a picture of yourself, and the interface returns an image of what you might look like, were you a citizen of Springfield. I’ll post mine here to the right.
There’s this weird sense about what’s going on here. Seeing myself filtered though the iconic vocabulary of one instance of pop culture. It’s sort of like putting myself into a movie. But not a homemade movie like what you get on YouTube. More like a movie directed by Tim Burton, or a novel written by Chuck Palahniuk. Something with a recognizable style.
There seem to be issues of avatars and identity and pop culture and irony all tied up here. And I think it’s great. It’s rich and fun. (It also helps that he “simpsonizing” has a slimming effect on it’s users.)
So go simpsonize yourself, why don’t ya?