Perspicacious Priyadarshi

Thoughts, Observations, Interpretations

Even This Shall Pass Away

Remember Jim Carrey’s movie The Truman Show? That was during the summer of 1998. When the Internet was slowly catching up in India. Silicon valley based Indian dotcomers were about to make it big. The Truman Show depicted the life of an individual who was live, on-air for 24 hours of his day. The world was watching everything about him. When I saw this movie in Delhi then, it was quite a fanciful idea to me. Zero privacy life. Ah what a life it would have been? Was it awkward? Was it comfortable to be the object of focus of millions of eyeballs? Eyeballs? Ah another jargon that became prevalent during the heydays of the dotcom era. Eyeballs were important then. Later it was the business model. Such a life on the focus of eyeballs is nothing new. I remember there was jennycam.org that ran successful since 1996 to 2003. Jennifer Keye Ringley a young woman allowed herself to be viewed to millions of internet surfers 24 hours a day for seven long years. Her effort marked the beginning of an era which witnessed the blurring of social norms or privacy and exposition in public. Thanks to technology. The rapid changes in the information and communication technology arena have enabled the human race to break all the conventional moulds of communication. The communication models have changed. The medium has changed. The taste of people has changed. Convergence has mitigated the differentiation between what should be shown and what not. The definition of relationship has changed. People now are more interested in reality programs than filtered programs. Big Brother is yet another program which has caught our fancy. So popular it is now that an altercation between some celebrity housemates led to international protests against racism. Only technology can do such a thing. However, even this shall pass away. I keep telling this to myself. Yes! even this shall pass away. Again it is technology that will do such a thing.  

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