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James Cameron = Mark Zuckerberg.

James Cameron = Mark Zuckerberg. (photo)

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With “Avatar” and Facebook both falling into the category of Things That Will Not Be Going Away Anytime Soon Much As We Might Wish It, it seems fitting that they’re both in the news (well, “news”) for similar reasons today. James Cameron has continued his 3D crusade, though he’s upped the ante a bit, telling a technology conference in South Korea that 3D will be the default standard in under 25 years, 2D the novelty. The AP report states that Cameron intends to personally dedicate himself to bringing about this glorious future, remaking the world in his own image.

Meanwhile, as people worry about privacy on Facebook, the social networking site’s founder Mark Zuckerberg is having his old IMs leaked to exhibit his college-era disdain for privacy. The real money quote regarding the leak comes from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (from the forthcoming “The Facebook Effect”): “Mark really does believe very much in transparency and the vision of an open society and open world, and so he wants to push people that way. […] He hopes you’ll get more open, and he’s kind of happy to help you get there. So for him, it’s more of a means to an end.”

05132010_car.jpgZuckerberg, like Cameron, has a touch of the self-made megalomaniac in his personality, earned somewhat by permanently changing the Internet in making it perfectly normal for people to have a clean, non-cluttered way to get at least a superficial read on people they’d just met. But whereas Zuckerberg’s ambition to create an open society is unnecessary if not implausible since it’s largely built upon vapid information via lists, blurbs and quotes online, employing current technology as a means to an (overblown) end, Cameron’s vision for how the virtual and real worlds should be intertwined is in accordance with technology’s inevitable onward march and his prophecies are given credence by the financial success of “Avatar.”

The fuss about Facebook seems slightly overstated — in the CNN story linked above, it’s telling that Facebook user Sam Schreiber panics over something as innocuous as when one of her friends found out that she likes New Found Glory — which is why there’s something ultimately more disturbing about the real world consequences of Cameron’s embrace of an all-3D future, not the least of which is his attempt to write off the 20th century as cinematic pre-history this quick. (Of course, the tension between technologically-driven movies promoting the death of technology doesn’t faze Cameron at all: “Avatar” may advocate going back to the land, but the director apparently feels massive manufacturing of 3D TVs will help save the planet.) Granted, neither Zuckerberg or Cameron would be where they are without thinking big, but their shared desire to shape the future by rewriting the past is troubling.

[Photos: “Avatar,” 20th Century Fox, 2009; 3D Car via Wikimedia Commons, 2003, photographed by Alan Silliphant.]

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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