All the World’s a Stage – even if our (social media) Audiences are often Invisible

by Dina on May 2, 2012 · 4 comments

in Life,Participatory Media,Social Media

Came across this blog post – Klout, Big Data and Opting Out  by Fred McClimans via @gautamghosh and liked this quote, among other things: “There’s nothing in the dark that isn’t there when the lights are on.” Rod Serling.  I tweeted it, and @rajeshlalwani responds:

Rajesh’s quote immediately made me think of Shakespeare and his monologue from As You Like It. How true it is centuries later, for Social Media, and in the context of the raging discussions around privacy and big data! All seven acts and seven ages, as described by Shakespeare collide at such a fast pace on multiple stages. We’re visible to invisible audiences. We’re being edited by invisible algorithms.

And we are exposed.

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.


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1 Technary May 13, 2012 at 1:10 am

Great lines By Shakespeare. Thanks for linking it for such a good cause.

One question. You had attended the BlogCamp meet in chennai right?
The website is now taken by some other car enthusiasts. So if I want to check out for the next BlogCamp meet which website should i check?

2 aman June 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm

awesome..thanks for sharing.

3 hariprasad July 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm

really shakespeare is the god of literature……..m always ready to read posts like this….u did a great job.

4 Shubham March 26, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Thanks for sharing

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