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Not so much a thought experiment as a single neuron misfire.
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Every country in the world has TV soaps
populated by characters with whom their
viewers are totally familiar. Some are
villainous, some are lecherous, some are
funny, others are tragic. All are larger
Drag and Drop Soaps makes them
interchangeable, because in post editing
they are carefully masked, cut out and
isolated from their backgrounds,
with dialogue, and tagged in a way that
makes them individually viewer
This means that they can be targeted by
the viewer, cut from their regular
programme, then dragged and dropped
into place in
another soap, where they continue to act
out their part.
Obviously this creates visual anomalies
and conflicts, with the resulting
programmes becoming spectacles of
surreal confusion (that's the whole idea).
Extra characters appear in the recipient
programme leaving animated holes and
gaps in the donor one.
At last Ena Sharples can finally share a
milk stout with Joan Collins in the
Rover's Return, whilst Albert Tatlock
adjusts his cloth cap and says something
like "By gum, this is a rum do"
||On the one hand it sounds pretty doable already; they have graphics programs that can animate dead movie stars into new roles using previously existing footage... just mash up that program with a "Sim City" AI thing.
||On the other hand I hate soap operas...
||I like the idea...i think its funny that one can drag/drop whole characters w/dialogue to another place and potentially fit in since i always considered most soaps to be identical in what they say and do. (croissant)
||I'd like to see some serious research into finding a single unified soap algorithm.
||Once this has been achieved, televised simulations could be populated with digitised characters - and even allow for the drag and drop functionality described here.
||Not being in possession of a device for receiving broadcast television signals as they are being broadcast, i don't see soap opera, but this is enough to make me want to, were they in this format.