In 1998, Jim Carrey made a movie called The Truman Show. The movie was based around the principle(s) of one man’s life being a full-fledged reality show, complete with special effects, cast members, global audience, the whole 9 yards. That sounds eerily familiar to the lives we live today, years later, where every stitch of our daily life is willingly broadcast to be scrutinized & judged, depending on the social media we choose to use. [Sidenote: Twitter scrutinizes, & Facebook judges, in case you were wondering.] In the movie, Carrey’s character is unaware of his stardom, though. The shows episodes are built around contrived situations, & caricatures of real people, that – to Truman – appear to be real life. Meanwhile, an entire planet hinges on what he does at work that day, or if he’ll eventually snag some ‘tang.
For what it’s worth, it would appear that the writer of this movie was somewhat prophetic in his satire, because generally speaking, we have become Truman Burbank. Our entire lives play out between Facebook & Twitter, with games like Foursquare to fill-in any blank spots one’s day might’ve acquired. For the media-driven attention whore, this proves to be just the fix their desire for fame needs. But, for the average person who inadvertently becomes the center of attention, this could prove to be a bit too much to shoulder.
I’ve witnessed countless amounts of people’s names, pictures, & reputations get slandered & drug through proverbial mud – on various social media outlets – all for the sake of someone else’s entertainment. In most instances, the “victim” has no idea. The
hundreds of shows on television & all the free porn the ‘net has to offer aren’t substitutions for real, live people. Maybe this is why I love to people-watch, & why it seems like hundreds of thousands of people login to the ‘Net, daily, just to dole out unnecessary hate & misery. But, I digress.
Thanks to the ‘net, all the entertainment a voyeur could ask for is a mere fingertip movement away. At the same time, technology is manufacturing fabricated realism – or augmented reality – at an astonishing rate. For the most part, all one needs is an idea, a computer, a camera, & something to aim at. This, my friends, is the reason why websites like People Of Walmart & Media Take Out are so popular. Because they take the lives of others, highlight the negative, & gift wrap it for public consumption. In essence, as previously stated, we have become Truman Burbank, or even worse, because he didn’t have a choice in the matter
until the end of the movie when he realized what was happening. We wake up & choose this life, daily, almost to an addictive fault.
Word to Rockwell, there’s always somebody watching you. Consider yourselves warned.