Monday, 16 September 2013

I had a thought

So, this morning I was flipping through the piles of psycho crazy that were generated over the weekend while I wasn't looking (seriously; you think all Americans are white? Have you maybe considered crawling out from under that rock and observing the real world at any point?) and something occurred to me.

For as long as there has been a celebrity culture there have been people talking in great details about the exciting aspects of celebrities lives as a bit of escapism.

You know the stuff: X flies off to [insert glamorous location du jour here] in private jet, to party with [insert It Crowd du jour here].

It's stuff that we could never do, or dream of doing.

Social media enables everyone else to post their life online for the viewing pleasure of millions.

You know the stuff: Went to get dog food, forgot to change out of slippers. #oops.

or

Going to pub with X, Y and Z. #onthepull

And it got me to thinking. You know how everyone has a celebrity crush at some point in their life, where they get caught up on one celeb and gush over them (as I have been parodying1 to great effect)?

Wouldn't it be awesome if there was someone out there who tweeted such everyday banality that they became a celebrity's mundane crush?

It's a sad fact that celebrities tend to not have the freedom to do a lot of the things we take for granted, and they're denied the escapism of wishing they could do something exotic because it's a part of their day job. But now they can see all of these snapshot stories of people like you and me (well, maybe not like me - I think I'm too scary to be mundane) and we (or, more likely, you) become their fantasy/ escape.

Don't underrate escapism, it's a fine art.

Alicia

1 ...or have I?