It’s spring time.
The setting of the topic I want to refer to isn’t very sprouting, but the phenomenon that I have been wanting to address is. Very much so.
This winter – no idea how it was before – a common theme for ski enthusiasts was to attach video cameras on their helmets. Can you guess why?
To post online everything that happened while they went down the slope, of course. Where?
On YouTube, duh.
On Facebook, Linkedin, blogs, vlogs, lookbooks, and other online ‘books’ and self-promoting social playgrounds that exist.
I heard about it from someone who went skiing in the French Alps with a few friends. All his friends wore the gadget of the moment.
This one though, didn’t.
What a loser.
He referred to this upcoming trend, phenomenon, ‘it’ thing, and I couldn’t help but wonder:
Who on earth wants to watch that?
Then it hit me harder.
After researching on the other wild phenomenon (famous among teens and tweens) Tumblr, vlogging, and personal youtube channels with live streaming, I won’t be surprised if kids stick a miniature camera on their foreheads and film everything that’s going on around them on a daily basis. And they’re almost doing it. Check any of these channels.
Just imagine what will happen in schools at some point.
The labels today say (in pictures) something like: no mobiles, no iPods, no laptops, no guns, no knives, no drugs, no cigarettes, and please no video cameras!
George Orwell was wrong about the Big Brother theory – where the ruling oppressor will deprive society of the truth by the use of force and all sorts of deprivation.
Huxley hit a much better nerve – prognosing all the way from the 30s – that humans will lose themselves in an oblivion of opiate, entertainment and meaninglessness where information will be the first thing meaningless to them all.
To us all.
Mostly, I think a melange of the two is somehow springing.
And maybe not only since this spring,
- where we – ourselves – are becoming the Big Brother with a big video camera stuck on our helmets to show the world what fun we’ve had while going down the slope in Courchevel;
- where we want to be watched, followed, seen, discovered even, and that’s why we stuff Facebook with pictures and daily information about how we feel and what we’re up to (or what we ate?!);
- where we become our own oppressors and imprison our own selves because that always works as a good excuse to our failures.