The convention is finally over and the feature attraction was somewhat of an anti-climax after the big build up, despite the launch pad, dais, pedestal, beam me up scotty set up that purported to be a "town hall" meeting format. The figure of the president which appeared small relative to the huge dais reminded me eerily of an avatar. Perhaps the President is equivalent to the collective avatar of the citizenry. In the coming election, the President will be chosen electronically, and special features (platform issues) will be added to him by those who have contributed generously during the campaign (similar to buying expressive items for an avatar in There, Second Life etc.). He will represent an idealized image that the people have of themselves, and will be able to claim immunity from certain laws and legal processes.