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Switched Off Star Wars: The Actual End of a Virtual World

“For preservation is not simply the saving of old things but the maintaining of a response to those things.” Kevin Lynch, What Time is this Place, 1973.

Star Wars Galaxies closed at 9 p.m. PST on Dec. 15, 2011. Around the same time, the National Defense Authorization Act passed, Christopher Hitchens passed and the United States handed over the control of its last base in Iraq.

That line from Eliot’s “The Hollow Men” was thrown around: “This is the way the world ends,” people said, so they could ask if it’s a bang or a whimper. They’re clever.

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