Thinking Out Loud: We are all public figures now and we better get good at it quick.

What is a public figure?

Art is a powerful tool. People use art as a medium to express and exchange ideas with other people. 

I’ve learned so much from art. I’m enjoying the series TPVSOJS and there is a baddass scene where one of the Lawyer archetypes was analyzing the methods of how a public figure should present themselves to the world. His analysis is what inspired me to think out loud. 

What new skills must be developed?

  • Entertaining ways to create, produce, and communicate ideas with others.

We, the public figures, have the tools to be the ring masters of our personal media circus. This is a powerful skill to master for a person who lives in Cyberspace

Why is this important?

We have the ability to share our minds with others in an entertaining way using the tools of the internet. The moment you publish anything online you have technically become a public figure. 

And the public environment has rules for public figures to learn and master. 

Why should I master these rules?

Because the tools of the internet have created a hyper-connected public space where every person connected has the ability to create, produce, publish, and share their narrative of reality. 

We have the ability to be the creators of our personal media realities. The technology in cyberspace levels the barrier of entry into the media industry fields and allows everyone online a platform to openly connect personalized media content with others.

How does this affect me?

Problem:

  • Perceptions of reality are relative.
  • People want to be entertained.
  • Alternate theories of reality are spread using tools people create for communication.

Potential Solutions:

  • People share in narrative form their perceptions of the reality they choose.
  • People become hybrids of producers and users of entertainment.
  • People default to open and disclose the foundations of the perceptions of their personal reality using the tools of the internet.

The problem is something that we, being people, will always have to deal with because that’s just part of the human condition. And to be honest, the problem isn’t as bad as some would perceive. 

Why this problem isn’t so bad?

Because most people live in environments that are specially designed for our well being. If we lived naturally, like other lifeforms fighting for survival do, then we wouldn’t be living in the kind of world that has national safety networks, construction networks, food distribution networks, energy grid networks and global communication​ networks to name a few.  

For most living things, life is hard. Ask yourself this question. How many whales do you see building refrigerators to store their food in? I would bet you 50 cents the answer has a very good chance of being none. 

Most other lifeforms spend their entire existence feeding, fighting, and attempting to sexually reproduce. I dont see too many other lifeforms with the luxury of having the skills and time to develop an environment that a person would want to exist in. In fact, it’s people who observe the behavior and patterns of other living things to learn from and better our existence.

Unlike Locust, most people have moved beyond those trivial problems of having enough food for basic survival

Unlike Mountain Gorillas, most people have moved beyond the fear of having no place safe to live for basic survival. 

Unlike Pandas, most people can choose if they want to sexually reproduce or not.  And, btw, having sex for pleasure, without the goal of reproduction doesn’t effect basic human survival. 

Why is this so powerful?

The tools of the internet give people tremendous power to become something better. Seeing those words reminds me of what Uncle Ben use to say “with great powers comes great responsibility.” Well thanks for the solid advice Uncle Ben. I will be responsible in how I will conduct myself in Cyberspace. 

Lesson Source: The People vs OJ Simpson: An American Crime Story. 

  • If there is going to be a media circus, then you better be the ring master. 

This sentence made my brain smile because it clearly​ defines what the state and purpose of living in America means now. We all have the ability to be the masters of our personal media circus. We all have the ability to provide the narrative of our lives to the world. 

The tools the internet provides are powerful enough to build personal cyberdomain empires. For example, WordPress is a tool that encourages people to share their minds with others freely. The tools within WordPress gives people the publishing ability of William Randolph Hearst

William Randolph Hearst was one of the influencers of the news people read and by default he influenced reality. 

The reality of William Randolph Hearst is now the default mode for everyone who has access to the tools of the internet. 

Historically the purpose of life was to create a better world than we are born in. I am on team people, and I accept this mission. 


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