And even if they were copies, what's the big deal? If the copy/cookie of the dead person believes it actually IS that person, and carries on just as well, then what's the issue?
I don't see how it is possible that their consciousness would not have lived on, after their bodies died, when they all are about the wedding and living happily ever after.
Besides, I don't understand why the company operating SJ would make copies of people... ? What would be the point?
When it is an exact copy, it *IS* you. It *IS* the original.
If I make a perfect copy of you there will be two separate versions of you, both claiming to be the original.
To avoid this problem to two versions of you I kill the original.
The consciousness that is you dies, the copy who thinks it's you lives on.
If the users are entering this virtual world themselves and retaining all the memories of their time there, how is it possible they are just 'copies' afterwards?
I'm really disturbed by the number of people on this board defending the "just a copy, not real" perspective.
The entire point of the cookie plot in White Christmas is how terrifyingly blithely people will assume that a copy is "not real" and that therefore there is no harm in subjecting it to torture and abuse.
People on this board who espouse this theory: you are exactly what this episode is warning us about. Your assumption that there is somehow more to you than there would be to a copy of you, besides being an outdated relic of religious belief, is dangerous and will result in great suffering when advanced artificial life (which, by the way, you yourself might be) comes to pass.
Also, those decrying San Junipero as somehow an empty place because it "isn't real" - do you know the nature of our world? Are you sure it isn't a simulation/creation? If it were, would you just up and kill yourself because it's "not real"?
If I stepped into a cloning machine and created a copy of myself, I wouldn't shoot myself in the head under the pretense that the copy of me is still me. From my perspective, I'd still be dead.