The Manufacturing of Celebrity in the Digital Era
In 1998 Erik Vidal predicted that, in the not-too-distant future, people would be famous, not for “doing” anything per se, but simply for being themselves on camera. In what was then a pre-reality TV world, everyone said he was crazy (for surely one had to “do” something in order to become famous, didn’t they?). And yet here we are, now, mired in a culture obsessed with social media influencers, living in that very same sci-fi reality Vidal wrote about all those years ago.
The Art of Reading People
How many times have you assumed that you knew somebody and what they were about, only to be completely blindsided when they behave in a way that contradicts everything you thought you knew?