Welcome To Pottersville

Jonathan Salem Baskin
2 min readFeb 7, 2022

The metaverse imagined by the tech giants, online gamers, and social media engines lining up to vie for controlling it looks more like Pottersville than Bedford Falls.

The two towns feature in the 1946 movie It’s a Wonderful Life, in which George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) is shown what the world would look like without his benevolent presence, and extols the virtues of fairness, trust, hard work, and loyalty.

You see, Bailey runs a small building & loan company and sublimates his dreams of personal aggrandizement — “I’m going to go places and build…

Jonathan Salem Baskin

I write books about technology and brands, sci-fi stories, and rock musicals.