Tuesday, September 05, 2006
WE ARE ALL STARS
Ever since I started Blogging I have noticed that there is a plethora of so-called 'ordinary' people (bloggers) with fantastic abilities.
Perhaps this is the medium that finally extinguishes the notion that there is only a small pocket of magnificant humans on the planet at any given time.
History books have a way of perpetuating this idea. Only a few individuals are mentioned who supposedly personify an era...DaVinci, Gutenberg, Lincoln, Nero, Elizabeth 1 etc.
Remember the golden era of hollywood when there was a set stable of actors..the star system. These 'thesbians' were treated as wonders of the world. Little did we know that almost anyone can pull off the role of a lifetime with the right lighting, makeup, costume, set, and direction. Smoke and mirrors! Now with the benefit of hindsight, we realise that there are literally thousands of actors who can suspend our disbelief for two hours. We do prefer them to have the accidental benefit of genetic engineering..although modern surgical developments can now alter appearances to eliminate the Luck of the Draw!
The recent firing of Tom Cruise from Paramount is being discussed as the end of the Star system. It may be true that his public stock has plummeted because we are just tired of him, dislike his religion, and that in the end his bizarre behavior on Oprah was the final straw. Whatever,Toodaloo, Next!
Like blogging, film-making may be morphing into the next phase of infotainment.
I recently discussed how singer-songwriters have to be actors to make it now..gotta have a video (mini movie) or forget it. So we are witnessing the demystification of the Celebrity/Entertainer/Icon by overindulging in it. You can't shine bright lights in dark corners and not expect to find something creepy.
Surely we are at the zenith of celebrity mania..(celebrity mags are blowing away newspapers)there was once a few gods and goddesses but now anyone without merit can enjoy the spotlight. Now you can be famous for being famous, like celebutante Paris. Can you tell the difference between news and entertainment?The rise of the American Idol programs proves that there are tons of people who can sing much better than existing artists...they just need to be packaged properly and get a makeover..and/or cosmetic surgery.
Andy Warhol's remark that everyone in the future will have 15 minutes of fame could go down to a mere 15 seconds. Our attention span is nearly non-existent and the appetite for fresh blood is out of control. Oh sure we still love to knock our old favorites..(poor Britney, stick a fork in her, she is DONE) but now the overexposure of celeBRITNEY and others is forcing us to accept that our gods may not be so special afterall. DOH!
There are millions of talented people in the blogosphere. It has become apparent that while we are all 'stars' on our blogs, afterall it is like having your own magazine/TV station/ media empire ooh aah, we soon realise how many other incredibly smart, funny and insightful others are out there. I love that! What a world it would be if everyone treated everyone else like a Star, or that it is ordinary event to find another person to be amazing ...or at the very least realised that the celebrity crap is just HYPE...ordinary people (albeit good looking ones)being packaged with self perpetuating mythology..
We are all ascended from real Stars and maybe the blogosphere will make us look around and notice that there are millions of Stars down here too. We are all unique but maybe that isn't that extraordinary.