Somewhere between Reality TV and Twitter, I had this feeling that we are the Transparent Generation. Nothing is hidden. If I want to know about someone, I can just look them up on Facebook, or Google, or LinkIn, or Twitter. If I’m patient and motivated, I’ll find them.
Whether you are a celebrity or an average joe, your cellphone is always on you and you are most likely on the internet daily. So your friends can contact you no matter what. There isn’t anywhere to hide anymore. You can’t hide anything. You are expected to be there for the world.
My mom was telling me that back in the 40’s and 50’s, if a celebrity was having a baby out of wedlock, they’d try to get out of the limelight quickly so it didn’t affect their career. That’s not the case today. The more ruined people are, the more attention they get. Look at Charlie Sheen, I feel like he was the most popular guy of the year. Weird how the times change.
In a time like this, we all have to try our best to be careful and use our discretion with what we let out into the open, what we put online. Because this world today is see-through. Whatever you believe, whatever standards you may have, whatever you are trying to portray yourself as; make sure it shows correctly.
I’m sure I could go on Facebook and find 20 people with revealing profile pictures in less than 5 minutes. I could Google almost any female celebrity and find a bikini shot or a nude shot of them online for everyone to see. Girls, do you want that for yourself? Do you want people to see all of you? Do you want to leave nothing for the sake of mystery?
I never want to show all of my cards. I want people to know me, but I still want some of me for myself, for my loved ones, and for my significant other. I may live in the see-through generation, but you’ll never get all of me. I want to be authentic, but I always want to leave some things mysterious.
Isn’t not knowing, sometimes, the most intriguing thing of all?