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World of Blurred Lines

The lines are so blurred in the world that we live in. The internet has changed things so much and culture have veered us into a path that we never knew could exist before. But maybe it is because we were not so often exposed to such diversities. Our world consists of getting on the bicycle or bus to get to school, playing with your friends after school and then going home for dinner with your family.

That was it.

But the world that my kids live in today is so different from my childhood days. I am sure my parents will say the same thing about their world and mine.

I remember an altercation that occurred with my kids quite a few years back, maybe 5 or 6 years ago when Youtube was a thing but not the norm. Believe me, if you took a look at a normal teenager's life today, Youtube is a huge thing for them, especially if they are into gaming. I argued (and will continue to argue) that Youtube cannot be the norm, you need an organization to govern and monitor it, otherwise, it will be out of control. Not everybody can be a celebrity just because they have a camera, Wifi and a Youtube account. Then everybody is a celebrity.

In my world, this cannot happen. There will be chaos. My kids wanted to be Youtubers back then and I said it was impossible. That those crazy screaming kids who are uttering complete nonsense and creating unnecessary drama with foul language and caustic actions cannot be celebrities. One good example, PewDiePie and gosh, how I loathe this person (till this very day). He is a Swedish self-proclaimed comedian who makes enough money off his internet account to put you and I to shame today.

And yet, these internet celebrities DO make money off their Youtube, Facebook and Instagram accounts and companies DO sponsor them and they DO get invitations to red carpets.

Its funny, though, despite how much I despise PewDiePie, I still follow him on Twitter as well as other young internet people like Ryan Higa also known as NigaHiga and Lilly Singh who is also known as Superwoman on various social media sites...just to follow what is happening on the internet today. It's a strange world. LOL. In fact, I also follow Dominic Sandoval @ dtrix and of all people Skrillex too. I mean, like.... what am I doing with my life?

The fact is that the world has changed so much and to people my age, it is a freak show...but to the people of today, it's the norm. I think there will come a time when we have to accept the fact that the young people of today will change the world even further and we have to just deal with it. The norm is no longer the same norm.

Here are some things that have caused the blurring of lines between the norm that I knew and the norm of today.
  • we have youtubers vs. Hollywood/Bollywood/Kdrama/TVB celebrities
  • we have blogs, websites vs. real magazines
  • we have e-books vs. books
  • we have online games vs. board and real life games
  • we have assumed personalities vs. real personality social media accounts
  • we have Facebook vs face to face
  • we have Instagram vs. photographers
  • we have blogs vs. diaries
  • music streaming sites vs. radios
  • we have Facebook short films vs. documentaries and movies
  • phone call vs. Skype call
  • feminine looking men, and male-looking women (read: kpop and jpop and fashion, in general)
  • we have transgenders and bis
What have I missed? I guess it is the same feeling my grandparents and parents felt when I told them that I could make money without leaving the house. lol

Feeling old,
LOL,
Marsha

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