Sometimes, the people who impact your life the most, are the ones you know the least. As we have progressed into the technological present, the new generation has effectively broadened the definition of "celebrity". Online content creators, activists, entertainers, and politicians may now reach across the globe to touch the lives of many. These individuals--through their personality, creativity, or general charisma--create a distraction from the turbulent reality we live in, and develop an invisible repertoire with their viewers. They become major influences in the development of culture, identity, and behavior amongst the masses.
As one of the earlier members of Generation Z, I grew up in an era of advancement and newfound connections. Finding websites like YouTube and Twitter allowed me to broaden my horizons and seek out people like myself. Through these mediums I was soon exposed to new-age creators and dreamers whom, after extended exposure, shaped me into the person I am now. I am a product of technology and the digital age, and as such, I change as I consume new information.
Awareness of this shift in identity and behavior is key, as I notice myself mimicking the mannerisms of those I see most often. The concept of exposure/behavior fascinates me, as I am sure I am not the only one experiencing this phenomenon. Like the pieces of a puzzle, or the various chromosomal building blocks of man, identity is stitched together from millions of sources--it is these sources that I am inspired by, and wish to know the most.
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