Emma Waverman writes about the chaos of modern family life. She is the co-author of the family cookbook Whining and Dining: Mealtime Survival for Picky Eaters and Families Who Love Them and is hoping to one day finish her certification as a parenting coach. She lives with her three kids, ranging from tween to grade schooler, and husband in Toronto. Emma has written for a variety of national parenting and lifestyle magazines and newspapers. When she's is not making typos, telling you what she thinks, and thinking about dinner, you can find her on Twitter at @emmawaverman. You can contact Emma at embracingchaos@hotmail.ca.

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Hatsune Miku: Real or Illusion?

Modern pop music is more illusion than reality. Sometimes it is hard to know when the artifice ends and the real person begins. I'm confused and I'm not sure how much our kids truly understand the extent to which pop stars are manufactured for their enjoyment (and by enjoyment, I mean consumption).

But the Japanese popstar Hatsune Miku is beyond even what the most savvy of marketers could pull off. She is a completely artificial 3-D hologram created by Crypton Future Media. You can purchase this singing avatar and write songs for her to perform. But what is amazing is that Miku has done "live" shows with live musicians in the background and thousands of fans singing along to her hits. She is a bonafide rock star in Japan.

CBC Radio's Jian Ghomeshi had a discussion about her on Q Monday morning. He and his guests were blown away by her singing but also by her potential. As one guest said: "all pop music is an illusion. Why not go all out?"

Miku's first English song is coming soon, thanks to her over 51,000 Facebook fans. My kids have already been exposed to manufactured pop stars (hello, Miley and American Weekend) and lots of Japanese Manga-like animation thanks to Pokemon and other cartoons.

I am just wondering if kids will be able to tell the difference between a completely computer-generated popstar and a "real" one. In this day of autotune and airbrushing is a completely technological Miku the next logical step? Will our kids accept her as a legitimate pop star? Will they care that she is not real?


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Reader Comments (4)

Anybody remembered the 2002 movie Simone, with Al Pacino. It was the very same idea, but with a movie star...

December 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMyriam
You're are acting like miku is a bad thing.You're acting like miku is poisoning minds. This is just the Japanese showing off their amazing technological skills. It's just a computer program, you don't have to freak out yeesh...
May 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkagamine len lover
You have obviously never even heard of Vocaloid...that's where Hatsune Miku actually comes from. Google it, she's not the only one, just one of the most popular.

Frankly, I don't see what the big deal is. So Vocaloid has gotten overly popular, it's not hurting anyone.
May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous
Welcome to the new norm. Guess what? Technology doesn't do drugs, get drunk, have sex or scandals. They can always sing, and constantly go on tour. Point made.
October 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

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