Issue 39 – The Icons Issue
To idolise, or not to idolise…
Where does our fascination with fame come from? And why, in this century and the latter half of last, has it become such a dirty word? In the past, historic figures – celebrities of their day – received their status for their contribution to society. They were pioneers, leaders, explorers, philosophers, mathematicians and scientists.
Welcome to the 21st century. The social media phenomenon has given us access to the rest of the world and suddenly it’s easier than ever to build your profile and spread your message – whatever that message may be. Social media ‘influencers’, ill-advised yet strongly opinionated business leaders, misguided actors and actresses, and so on have cheapened what it means to be recognised.
In this issue, we want to celebrate the icons of our industry, to give them the elevated level of recognition they deserve for their contributions to the region.