A Brief Survey of Holograms in Pop Culture

Jem and the Holograms

Don’t you hate those secret identity stories when it’s so obvious who the person is? Hannah Montana is Miley Cyrus in a crappy wig! Superman is Clark Kent without his glasses! Sailor Moon is that Japanese schoolgirl with the exact same ridiculous hairstyle! The ’80s show Jem tried to rectify that annoying trope by using a holographic computer called “Synergy,” which projects an alternate image over Jerrica Burton that looks completely different from her — or as different as a cartoon character can be without confusing the kids watching. When are they going to make this  technology real? Wouldn’t it be great to fix your bad hair day with a hologram?