Sunday, August 9, 2009

A Quote for Betsy

We've been talking about this lately:

"If fame consists of image projection, Andy Warhol's prediction ("In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes") seems spookily relevant. Much of the projection via social networking sites and webcams is harmless, but it spreads us wide and thin. While deciding what to share with our public we're also editing ourselves, taking online quizzes to determine our Most Compatible Historical Era or Star Wars character. But true self-knowledge remains as elusive as ever. We see not only others, but also ourselves, 'as through a glass darkly.'

"Why are we so hungry to be known, and yet so unknowable?

"God knows. We were made for connection; projection is a very poor second."

---Janie Cheaney, World Magazine, August 1, 2009, p. 28.

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