Movie producer David Cronenberg gave an interview one time where he talked about the messed-up world of Hollywood and explained why so many celebrities are out-of-touch with reality.
He said, “If you’re always being observed, and your presence changes everyone’s behavior, you lose that wonderful ability to observe things in their natural state. That’s why huge stars, surrounded by sycophants and hangers-on, end up with a distorted worldview. They never see what’s real anymore.”
I suppose when you think of it that way, celebrity is a hazardous state to live in. I mean, imagine how self-conscious you would feel if people always stared at you in public; how overinflated your ego would be if people always liked the stories you told, even when they weren’t that good; how confusing it would be to have so many people attracted to your carefully-constructed image, but not necessarily attracted to you.
Most of us don’t have to imagine what that’s like anymore, because we’re on Facebook.
We’re All Celebrities Now
When we first signed up for Facebook, it was innocent enough. We thought it might be nice to catch up with our old high school classmates; we wanted an easy way to see photos of our extended families. But then we figured out how the “like” button worked, and it was all downhill from there.
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