Doctor in Brooklyn: Why are you depressed, Alvy? …
Alvy (age 9): The universe is expanding.
Doctor: The universe is expanding?
Alvy: Well, the universe is everything, and if it’s expanding, someday it will break apart and that would be the end of everything!
Alvy’s Mom: What is that your business? … What has the universe got to do with it? You’re here in Brooklyn! Brooklyn is not expanding!
Doctor: It won’t be expanding for billions of years yet, Alvy. And we’ve gotta try to enjoy ourselves while we’re here.
-Excerpted from Annie Hall

I’d love to call in sick for a week to try to soak in the new images of the universe from the James Webb Space Telescope, but I’m not sure that’d go over well at the omnichannel ad platform I call my work home.

There’s a meme that best captured how I’ve been feeling since the images came out. I have no clue what the source, so I’ll do the kind-of-lousy-but-maybe-acceptable-just-this-once thing and paste it here without any attribution:

We’re at a moment in time filled with verse, and not just the verses found in memes.

There are three verses to consider here:

The universe,

the metaverse,


the multiverse.

Let’s briefly look at each in turn.

The universe is where we are.

We are here.

The universe as we know it feels much vaster than it did when I was a kid.

When I grew up, we were still used to calling extraterrestrials Martians. Even our neighboring planet felt so distant — not the kind of place that Matt Damon could turn into a man cave.

Now we see light originating from close to when the universe originated more than 13 billion years ago.

Even recent events in the universe change our concept of history.

We can see a dying star 2,500 light-years away in the Southern Ring Nebula.

The light we are seeing predates the birth of Jesus and Cleopatra. Emperor Ashoka, known as Ashoka the Great who ruled the vast Mauryan Emperor now in India and is credited with spreading Buddhism across Asia, might have been born the moment we are witnessing in these images.

To quote a favorite book title, soon it will feel like everything is illuminated.

The metaverse is where anything is possible, but it isn’t real.

It’s a realm where someone can actively indulge in their fantasies, even if that fantasy is as tame as seeing an avatar of their coworker, or watching an NBA game virtually with some friends.

It may or may not even exist. Forrester says it doesn’t, largely because metaverses are not interoperable.

But individual metaverses are real, and maybe one day they’ll be spectacular.

The multiverse connotes the infinite possibilities that arise when different universes exist.

The multiverse may or may not exist.

If it doesn’t, it exists as an idea.

See Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

See also, in an unforgettable manner, Everything Everywhere All at Once.

It also manifests culturally in forms that we may not have previously associated with the multiverse.

Role-playing games could be the source of fantasy that lends itself well to the metaverse where anything is possible.

But there’s also an internal level. What if, in another universe, I was a wood elf ranger, or a dragonborn sorcerer, or a human barbarian?

There’s also an element of that in another popular art form – pornography. What if…

If Lost were made today, everyone would just assume it’s a multiverse story, and they’d love it even more. The ending wouldn’t disappoint everyone because it was always going to end when Jack discovered he was living in multiple universes.

Okay, so what does this mean for marketers?

I hate asking that question here. But I have to.

It means everything. And nothing. Not everywhere all at once though. Take it easy.

Here’s a very real question for you:

What’s your goal for how you engage with your customers?

Are you expanding their horizons, introducing them to an increasingly vast universe?

Are you giving them a fantasy where they can do what’s impossible in this world?

Or are you giving people a sense of who they would be if they lived different lives and made different choices?

Maybe the answer is none of the above.

Maybe you’re offering something that is just a little faster, better, or cheaper than what one tends to use in their very ordinary lives.

That is beautiful too. With how messy and unpredictable the world feels right now, simple pleasures and utilities are appreciated more than ever.

Just know what you’re selling, and how you’re selling it.

Don’t sell yourself or your products short though. Because what you’re selling was once a star.

As Lawrence Krauss writes in A Universe from Nothing, “One of the most poetic facts I know about the universe is that essentially every atom in your body was once inside a star that exploded. Moreover, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than did those in your right. We are all, literally, star children, and our bodies made of stardust.”



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