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Ready Player One | Level 2, Chapter 0020 | Summary



Inside the OASIS Parzival has a stronghold on his own private asteroid. He votes in the OASIS elections but not the United States government election. All OASIS users now have their own television channel. While some people use theirs to broadcast their real or virtual lives, Parzival's channel shows only movies and TV from the 1980s. To fund his quest and pay his rent, Parzival works full-time as an OASIS customer-service agent.

Despite Parzival's desperate pleas for her attention, Art3mis has ignored him since Ogden Morrow's birthday party. Parzival tries to reconnect with Aech, but their friendship isn't the same. He reaches out to Daito and Shoto, and the three complete a Japanese-language quest together. When they succeed, Parzival urges them to keep the prize: the Beta Capsule, a powerful object that temporarily transforms its bearer into the Japanese superhero Ultraman.

Then Art3mis becomes the first to find the Jade Key.


Although the text is set in the future, details in this chapter bear similarities to current modern-day life. Everyone in the OASIS gets a personal television channel, which encourages people's narcissistic tendencies. Many people turn the cameras on themselves and repackage the minutiae of their daily lives for public consumption. This behavior validates and normalizes self-obsession, just as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube can do.

In 2045 Wade Watts doesn't vote in the United States government elections "because [he] didn't see the point." He feels the world is doomed, and besides, "the only people who could get elected were movie stars, reality TV personalities, or radical televangelists." Many people feel the same way in our own time.

Cline's criticism of these cultural trends is embodied in Wade's disdain for them. Wade has been successful because, unlike the majority, he is obsessed with something larger than himself.

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