“Hey, is that camera on? I got something to say!” (Or The Map Is Not The Territory)
Everyone’s talking about money these days so when a family member sent me a link to a tv show featuring my cousin and how he made his money I was shocked but decided to watch.
Now most of the stuff on this tv show I already knew. J-Diggs and I are the same age and our families are close.
What surprised me was the fact that my cousin and other family members were willing to get on tv and talk about it.
It’s amazing to me what people will do and say in front of tv camera.
Now I tell a lot of my personal business on this blog.
But people who know me know this blog is not me.
Just like you are not your myspace page.
You are not even your innane twitter postings.
They are just a snapshot. A peice of a map.
And the map is not the territory.
One of the cliches of modern media is some harried woman on an exploitive tv show screaming back at a booing audience “You don’t know me! You don’t know me!” seconds after we learn she has slept with her sister’s husband.
One of the problems with modern media, in all it’s forms, is that the viewer thinks it’s getting the whole story.
Soon we will get to the point that people will look at all this new media with the same skepticism we look at politicians and used car salesman.
Until then the problem isn’t everyone knowing your secrets.
But the fact we keep looking at maps and think we’ve seen the world.chartreuse (beta), new media, personal comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.