My drawing of the day
I have often noticed that a lot of people hide behind masks. It seems that these days we live our lives with so much insecurity. I don’t know if it’s always been that way or not. I blame much of what I see in people on the media – all inclusive. Not just the news, but television shows, commercials, movies, magazines… all of it. I guess I can’t really blame the media though because we tend to buy in to what they sell…
Another form of masking I see is pretending to be something other than what is real. You might say “yes, but this is imagination” or “she’s afraid of someone so she’s hiding her feelings” … That’s not really what I’m thinking about here though – more along the lines of social networking, hiding behind the internet, or the phone… It is so easy to create a persona that is nothing like what the person really is… I think this is the reason so many are upset that Google and some others are trying to push the “real name” issue.
It’s a shame that so many people have become so fearful… afraid we’re being watched, our phone calls are being listened to, our images are on security cameras… As for me? I don’t really care. I’m not doing anything wrong so if big brother wants to watch or listen, it ain’t no sweat off my back.
As I write this, I’m trying to figure out where this line of thinking started at today… I’m not watching the TV or reading the news. I guess it’s just something I think about when I meet people. I wonder about who they really are… you know, in the stores and stuff. Is that cashier putting on a personality for work or is she really this friendly? I suspect that it’s a somewhat a put-on. Bosses expect that.
Masks… My favorite Twilight Zone episode had to do with masks. Don’t you just love the Twilight Zone? There were so many good, I mean REALLY good, stories on that show. They were like fables for adults. Go past the weirdo aspect of being in the Twilight Zone and you will see the morals to the stories.
As a boy, Rod Serling was a fan of anthologized pulp fiction stories. As an adult, he sought topics with commentative themes such as racism, government, war, society and human nature in general. Serling decided to combine these two passions in order to indulge in, and also to get away with, talking about these subjects on television at a time when such issues were not commonly addressed.
Throughout the 1950s, Serling established himself as one of the more popular names in television. He was equally famous for his success in writing televised drama as he was for criticizing the medium’s limitations. His most vocal complaints concerned censorship, which was frequently practiced by sponsors and networks. “I was not permitted to have my senators discuss any current or pressing problem,” he said of his 1957 production The Arena, intended to be an involving look into contemporary politics. “To talk of tariff was to align oneself with the Republicans; to talk of labor was to suggest control by the Democrats. To say a single thing germane to the current political scene was absolutely prohibited.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Twilight_Zone