But it forces front and center the fascinating sociological phenomenon of the Profile Picture.
I look around the virtual Grand Central Station at all the little square avatars milling there, and I think about the (sometimes conscious, sometimes unconcious) questions people put to themselves as they stare into the virtual mirror every morning:
"How do I see myself today? how do I want to see myself and how do I want to be seen?
Do I want to be a minx, a mother, a grandmother, papa, party girl, dog lover, man of God, poet, cop, soldier, longshoreman?
Do I want to be what I really am now or do I want to be what I wish for or what I am missing?
Do I want to take the form of my own children? My cat? A cartoon? An ancestor?
Am I come-hither, a human invitation? Am I a little wild or am I sensible? Am I hail-fellow-well-met? Am I open? A mystery? Am I innocent, feigning worldliness? Or worldly hiding in innocence? Am I my own youth? Am I psychic pain, personified? Or am I funny and loveable? Do I wear a shroud, or do I wear a smile? And do I show my teeth, smirk, or remain enigmatic? Am I clear, blurry, windswept, in shadow or light-flooded?
Am I technicolor? Moody black & white?
I promise you this, though: I EXIST."