Future Culture

Futurist Writer Lei Kalina writes her tongue-in-cheek musings and ramblings on the growing worldwide phenomenon of the growth of the Future Culture in the 21st Century

Future Culture In The 21st Century

Future Culture In the 21st Century

Futures Studies, Foresight, or Futurology , according to Wikipedia, is the science, art and practice of postulating possible, probable, and preferable futures and the worldviews and myths that underlie them. Futures studies (colloquially called "Futures" by many of the field's practitioners) seeks to understand what is likely to continue, what is likely to change, and what is novel. Part of the discipline thus seeks a systematic and pattern-based understanding of past and present, and to determine the likelihood of future events and trends. Futures is an interdisciplinary field, studying yesterday's and today's changes, and aggregating and analyzing both lay and professional strategies, and opinions with respect to tomorrow.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Age of the Web Micro-Celebrity

Forbes Magazine's David Ewalt couldn't have said it any better : "This is the age of microcelebrity--with just a keyboard or a digital camera, almost anyone can find an audience online."

You may be a digital netizen stay-at-home mom, a geeky cyberfanatic, an Internet-savvy pre-pubescent teen, an undergraduate blogger seemingly "forever glued" on the Net, a penniless bum, or even a humongous basketball superstar hugging the limelight in the NBA hardcourt, yet Twittering away with every hook shot and fouling twists and turns -- just like Shaquille O'Neil.

Needless to say, it's for everyone who knows how to blog, blabber, and even "micro-blog".

Avante-garde artist Andy Warhol's concept on each and every Tom, Dick and Harry's "fifteen minutes of fame" may be talking about the web micro-celeb ... But , hey, it's not just fifteen minutes. We're talking about 24-hour worldwide exposure for the micro-celebs. And in the age of nanotechnology, shall we say "nano-celebrities"?

Our annual ranking of the Internet's most famous.

Ten Internet personalities slipped off our ranking of online stars.

These stars just missed the cut to make the Web Celeb 25.

These famous faces shine bright on the Net--even though they don't really exist.

The gossip blogger wants to build a media empire.

Blogs have transformed fashion photography--witness the spectacular rise of Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist.

Gary Vaynerchuk, the host of Wine Library TV, has made it huge on the Internet--but that is only the beginning.

These micro-bloggers are taking over the Web, 140 characters at a time.

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