Screen Dreams

PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION by PAUL LUSSIER for TIME; CORBIS (2); GETTY (MAIN)

It's almost 2 a.m. in the English Bookstore in a cosmopolitan Berlin neighborhood near Savigny-Platz, and Markus Jonas is fiddling with a computer mouse to adjust the video image on his PC. He and three friends are watching a live broadcast of a Boston Red Sox baseball game that's taking place six time zones away. Manny Ramirez, the Red Sox left fielder, steps up to bat and belts a home run over the fence at Fenway Park, putting three runs on the scoreboard. "I've been a die-hard Red Sox fan for the past two years," says Jonas, 33, a recent American...

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