Thursday, September 27, 2012

Digitally Speaking, Stars Are People Too


Earlier this week, I stumbled upon the short interview documentary called "Music," by Andrew Zuckerman.  This simple, almost understated film casts an incredibly human light on the creative process of music as well as music as an industry.  Contrast that with the news from earlier this week of Billie Joe Armstrong (front man of Canadian rock band Green Day) exploding into a fit on stage at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas.  His rant including his disgust for other performers and his outrage at the length of their setlist.

This news shouldn't come as a surprise.  Every news source is flooded with similar stories of celebrity tirades all the time.  In fact, the explosion of technology in recent years has all but obliterated the beautiful facade that Hollywood producers try so very hard to paint.  The hulking mass known as 'Anonymous' demands the raw, brutal, absolutely human truth; and when they find it they post it online.

The rise of technology is a major opportunity for you, the members of Anonymous, to accept the humanizing effect of technology.  Let the demand for absolute transparency help you discover you.  It may be painful, but you will be a more creative person once you take the plunge, look in the pixelated mirror, and figure out who you are as a human.

[Thanks for the members of my class for the input on the edit]