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2 Feb 2024

Fantasy Worlds as Tools for Real-World Impact

With 20.2 billion TikTok views for [#shifting](https://www.tiktok.com/tag/shifting?lang=en) and communities like [r/astralprojection](https://www.reddit.com/r/AstralProjection/) engaging in fantastical practices, internet culture is evolving from mere escapism to utilizing fantasy as a tool for real-world impact. The rise of generative AI has democratized worldbuilding, with a significant portion of Gen Z involved. Movements like #delulu and [#luckygirlsyndrome](https://tiktok.com/@hothighpriestess/video/7189334414109855019?q=lucky%20girl%20syndrome&t=1706089579977), and actions like pro-Palestine protests in Roblox, illustrate this shift towards leveraging the supernatural and virtual spaces to influence physical reality, suggesting a future where creative output not only imagines new worlds but actively shapes our own.

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