Elise Tarr

Life as a Performance – life under the glare of social media

Within today’s society, people are becoming increasingly dependent and influenced by digital technology. Like reality television, people are becoming subjects to surveillance due to new technologies and social media blurring the boundaries between audience, performer and producer. Predictions of a surveillance culture are apparent in George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, as well as the film The Truman Show. The reality television show Big Brother, demonstrates the impact social media has had on the reality genre and influence on traditional audience roles. Using Josh Harris’ social experiments, illustrates why people are willingly putting their life online, unknowingly becoming subjects to those who commodify their information. Social media has made this transition to life online so subtle and accessible, that the boundaries between private and public life have become hard to define. As a result, perhaps we are living on our very own reality television show.