So where are we now as an American society? We’ve released the sanctity of the self-image and allowed it to be controlled.
Flipping channels this Sunday afternoon, I had a selection of reality shows to choose: chefs, models, slackers, owners of condos that can’t sell, owners of 1980’s clothes. Not only have we unveiled the sacred image, once it’s manipulated by editors, it is ready for public consumption.
In a way, the mirror is shattered. People look at their image and think it is flattering.
Another important symbol is a person's name. By revealing one's name, we bestow a sense of power, a familiarity to the another person. Names represent us, our families, our cultures, who we are. When we introduce ourselves, we break the first wall of anonymity and allow another person into our lives.
Now, we have the internet. We hide behind handles, not revealing our names. Yet, we freely post our lives, our families, our bodies. We let our handles and nicknames speak for us - do they reveal who we really are or how we truly see ourselves?
So, the name is still powerful, even if the image is not.
When fact is fiction and tv reality"
- U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday"