Monday, July 28, 2008

The Monitor in Your Bedroom

Warhol once remarked, "I'm the type who'd be happy not going anywhere as long as I was sure I knew exactly what was happening at the places I wasn't going to. I'm the type who'd like to sit home and watch every party that I'm invited to on a monitor in my bedroom." It seems Warhol's wish is granted as blogs, social networks and media sharing websites continually inundate our society with current trends, happenings and festivities. The erosion of privacy allows anyone to relive popular events, as long as it's captured on film or photographed. It's no longer a question of if it will be posted, it's only when.

A Facebook page is a Facebook page. We may drive different cars, live in different neighborhoods, wear different brands of clothes, but no amount of money can buy you a different looking profile page. Presidential candidates it, super models know it, students know it and you know it. Everyone has an equal place in digital society and an opportunity to connect and exchange ideas, thoughts and information.

It no longer matters what you do anymore online, it only matters how many people know about it. The curiosity of human nature desires to unlock the untold questions behind a profile. Do we share similar friends? Party at similar venues? Enjoy similar activities? The more similarity, the deeper the connection and amount of influence. The more people that know about it, well that only increases the impact and overall influence.

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