According to a survey completed by the Council for Research Excellence, as of 2009, adults in the United States spend on average 8.5 hours out of every day exposed to screens: in bed, in airports, at the supermarket, in taxi cabs, at McDonalds, in this very blog post. Throughout your day you are constantly confronted by information presented to you on screens.
Take a look at the video above. The kind of facial puppetry Jason Saragih has created might allow us to show a face to the world (when we are online) that is completely different than the face we were born with: a face that shares all of the warmth and complexity of our facial expressions, but without the attachment to our physical identities.
How are we going to deal with this coming change? Is it a good or bad thing that people will soon be able to look skinnier or fatter, or like President Obama, or like a tiger, or like Naruto? How might this impact how we view ourselves? More importantly, how might this impact how we view other people, when we know that the face they show to us may only be a mask?
by Mr. AB