Volume 11, Number 26
19 April 2005

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Hello all--you're now back from spring break and must be ready for another one of my unnecessary thought-mixing sessions. It would be hard to deny how big a role fame and the famous have in our lives. It's not new, though--it's as old as history. What has changed recently is how fast a person becomes famous. Before things with screens existed, an individual would die long before others knew his/her story. Today, one success is enough to take someone from the world of "real people" into the world of "fame."
Such a transition is generally seen as an advantage. But is it really? I'm sure most people would say "yes." But why? Why is it advantageous to be known to thousands (or maybe millions) of people you've never seen? It's hard to understand that. Is it so important for us to be watched by others?
No matter what advantages fame brings with it, it isn't that hard to see that fame is, at the same time, a huge problem. We can easily imagine what difficulties a singer or an actor/actress must have. But first, we have to understand that there are two separate things that we continually confuse with each other: the simulated and the real, for instance, "Zaga" and Okan Bayülgen, or "Cüneyt Arkın" and Fahrettin Cüreklibatur. Others even use the same name for both their re-created image and their real self. If you can't see any differences between the former and the latter, I'm afraid you don't know much about what kind of a world we live in. The main difference is that the former has never existed, while the latter is a person just like you and me. I know putting it this way seems too mystical, but it's the truth! "Zaga" doesn't exist when his studio is empty. He never cries, never has a girlfriend… None of these things are true for Okan Bayülgen. "Cüneyt Arkın" is a charismatic actor who takes part in funny movies, while Mr. Cüreklibatur is an ordinary medical school graduate who from time to time works in film when he's not treating patients. Although they have the same name, "Tarkan" is a different person from Tarkan Tevetoğlu. You can't really learn anything about the man who was once a young boy who sang at wedding halls: the things you learn will always be modified and changed into the untouchable "Tarkan."
Well, this took much longer than I'd planned, so I guess I'd better finish in the next issue. Probably all this will make more sense after you read the next part. Have a nice week.

İsmail O. Postalcıoğlu (POLS/II)

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