Food for thought:
Andy Warhol mentioned that in the future everyone would have their 15 minutes of fame. WARHOL WAS WRONG! He neglected to factor in the 15 minutes of one's own alter-ego/s. The more alter-egos you have the longer your fame.
We have entered the age of the alter-ego!
More and more people joining websites such as YouTube, and MySpace each day are creating an on-line persona, or a slightly different representation of themselves. Superhero movies like Spiderman, and Batman draw in crowds by the millions!!!
Why is this? Its because people are actively creating an alternate version of themselves every day whether they are conscious of this or not. The alter-go world used to be the world of the performer. Now it's becoming the world of not just Shasha Fierce, or Hanna Montana, Ziggy Stardust or Lady Gaga but the world of the everyday man, and he is expected to learn to live and function in this world. He is expected to manage these personas with no proper training. It's an alter-ego free for all.
Keep the foollwing in mind when dealing in the world of alter-egos:
"If the person doesn't listen to the demands of his own spiritual and heart life and insists on a certain program, you're going to have a schizophrenic crack-up. The person has put himself off center. He has aligned himself with a problematic life and it's not the one the body's interested in at all. And the world's full of people who have stopped listening to themselves." - Joseph Campbell
Expect a large number of very conflicted individuals in the near future who don't know how to handle living with the alter-egos they've created. Expect a large number of schizophrenic crack-ups. Expect this to be THE way of life from now on.
But also consider this:
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless yet be determined to make them otherwise. - F. Scott Fitzgerald.
So once we manage to live with our alter-egos, these two sometimes opposing ideas of who we are, we will then enter the era of honesty. This will be a thrilling era where profanity won't be censored and silence will be embraced. This will be an era where we won't place as much importance on self identification but instead we shall value the actions placed forth by the individual. This will be an era where we will treat each other not as the creatures we think we've created for ourselves but the mystical entities time has made us.
THAT'S the future.
ps - If Perez Hilton can be the self-proclaimed Queen of all media then I am the NEW self-proclaimed Motherfucking Warhol!!