Unrelenting tyranny of reality TV

I can still remember it clear as day. It was almost eight years ago, over coffee with photographer Trey Ratcliff (a pioneer of HDR photography) where I theorized about hyper-personalization and how it would one day lead to what is essentially MeTV.

Having been an early adopter of social media, it became pretty obvious that the very idea of “followers” and “subscribers” was a new age label for what the traditionalists called, the audience. Whether it was sharing our words, links, or photos — we were essentially performing for them. The growing influence of the then still young social media platforms would give everyone an opportunity to turn their life — rather online presence — into a reality television show of their own. Anyone could and would become Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian. Continue reading “Unrelenting tyranny of reality TV”