By Lucia Montauti (http://www.mydigitalpress.it/) and Filippo Tognola (www.evencamagazine.it)
Once we used to use mIRC or discussion forums: anonymous environments, where the alias could also have opposite characteristics to the real ones. Today with social network sites, such as FaceBook, fantasy and reality are merging and we have new frontiers opened by social geo-locaters which are entering deeper into the privacy of users.
It is a “Big Brother” trend where you can intercept tastes, movements, interests, combining personal and professional life, celebrity and private life, reality and fiction.
To create a false identity responds to the need for anonymity that FaceBook initially removed. This need has existed within each user since the very arrived of the Internet. The surprising thing is that it is forbidden, as it is forbidden to register a business as a regular user instead of creating a fan page or a group, and none of this is in any way blocked. Reports of misuse have no effect and as a result FaceBook is full of fakes.
It should become more secure, while maintaining a high level of privacy with continuous supervision, but this would not satisfy the users need to be free to express themselves and play.
The “game”, the role-play, the escapism drives up user numbers, so many real users have more profiles, more “lives” we might say, with similar or opposite characteristics but in different choreographies.
But, all this role-play isn’t this what kids do? If it is natural and fun how can it be wrong? If the need is so widespread how can it be a mistake?
Fiction, in part or in whole, in good or bad faith, is maybe even sometimes better than reality, or perhaps just different and it is something that occurs in real life, whatever means today.
The role-play game that we live at work or in the family is transferred into the Net, where it is in fact possible to be expressed to an even greater extent.
This need corresponds to what we actually live in reality and so there is no more fiction on the Net than there is in everyday life, during a meeting, in forced greetings or during a family lunch.
However, behind pictures and words, one’s true nature expresses itself, whatever we do on the Web is only what we do on real life: if we pretend on the Web we lively pretend in real life, if we communicate poorly or well on the Web likely we do the same in real life, for example.
We can create a false identity, but we cannot be who aren’t, we can try to ourselves off VIPs but we can’t change the way we communicate.
On the Internet the character emerges more than in real life because with no physical presence there are no preconceptions, no apologies to make for what we are. The Net doesn’t forgive.
A healthy escape from reality, that sometimes becomes too suffocating, to become a fictional character for a few minutes a day, to quote the sentences of a film and share the enthusiasm, and then become another thing a moment later occurs because the Net is a network of chameleons , so many people following group interests and dreams, sharing them and then going off to imagine another.
Everyday life limits creativity so we see, with increasing velocity the rise of dozens of Jack Sparrows: people who dress as a pirate interpreting and expanding on the big screen characters, underlining its success. These people are the new visionaries, writers of new screenplays, small and new worlds where Jack actually lives.
The Cinema, the Net, Real life, as we have understood until recently, are merging into something unique and many of these Jacks, many profiles, are actors and authors who bring the big screen on the Web and make it come to life.
One life is not enough, once writers, drinking absinthe, created and “saw / interpreted” the characters of their books, they entered their work, living more than one life. Today the Net allows many more people in much less time to dream and create and dream again, not in monologue but interacting with others.
The Great Conversation brings magic to life, bit “magic” that takes us to enchanted places.It is important not to forget daily life and, indeed, enrich it with everything we have created with new thoughts and words.
Along with Jack, hundreds of people “live” double and triple lives, fall in love on the Net and dream, starring in their own new stories togheter.
So thanks to all Jack who live in him own way, who plays with something of himself, thanks to the characters who tell themselves but leave the door open to personal interpretation, which makes us live so that everyone can put something more or different.
And thanks to the Black Pearl and a compass that no points north: the facilities to sail. Facilities that you are eternally court because you can a little lose the Black Pearl (life) and then a little regained, it’s this thing that makes it valuable.
This will be, is already be, new publishing, fragmented on the Net, accessible anytime and anywhere, made up of thoughts and words of many people.
Our attachment to a concrete reality is healthy when it allows us to be consistent with us and make the most of what we’re capable of but for many people this is difficult to reach and, at bottom, emotions are Life, make us live in the same field of which dreams are made, they are our lifeblood.
Be linked to consumerism and roles is not merely an attempt to escape, to be real is to be able to try something with the resources we have. The Net recently caught we because it realizes the strong need for many people to live detached from substitutes of emotions, the need to come off a bit of things, roles, from the finiteness of a life sometimes too “rational” and just “felt” … like off shore.
Apart from extreme cases of swallowed by the Net, we are more than one only life and the need to express it is very extended, the contact to the dream is important, we have ignored it for too long times closed in ties and shops, closed in roles and expectations.
Real life, that many are trying with the means granted, is something that binds us to our most intimate part and that is also triggered by dreams, personalities, ideas, words.
The Great Conversation, which binds us all, represents a new way to express what we are. It is important to find the magic made up of random and unexpected encounters, to rediscover what makes each of us to fly and that flight can create a common viral infectious one.
The question is not who we are and where we want to go but what we feel intimately and what we are capable of communicating today.
The highly critical and negative attitudes are taking a gloomy color, the light that’s behind a cartoon, a new idea, a dream we now feel on the skin.
Until now, many solutions and situations have created monsters to attract who could fight them, creating groups against something, now there is a desire to do, to laugh, to investigate, to live more. An attitude that are separating the world into two broad groups.
It is not fiction, every word in the Net hidden capacities.We can only lie on the surface so we are not really capable of lying, just to live.
A single soul, a thousand faces
Thanks Jack, whoever you are …