Oh How Times Have Changed

May 26th, 2010

Gone are the days of writing out a hand written letter to your celebrity crush and mailing it to their address listed in Tiger Beat magazine.  I remember back when I would send letters asking for autographs and pictures to Kirk Cameron, Mackenzie Aston, NKOTB, Milli Vanilli and The Corey’s.  Ahhh the good ole’ days. 

But now that is a thing of the past.  Nowadays all kids have to do is fire up their computers or smart phones and go on Twitter.  Justin Bieber (a.k.a the Kirk Cameron of his generation) is literally surrounded by over 2 million girls following him on Twitter. For someone to be that close to their celebrity crush is amazing to me.  Girls who never in their life thought that they would get to talk to their celebrity crush now can.  If the celeb chooses to write back this is certainly something that she will remember for the rest of her life.  Just the gravity of it all is really astonishing!

Also, from a celebs perspective this method has got to be easier than trying to answer thousands of fan letters a week. And if you are Justin Bieber you have 2 million girls at your disposal.  Two million girls!  I can’t imagine anything better to a 16 year old boy. 

If I had this technology back in my day I can only imagine how it would have played out.  Instead of playing Girl Talk with my girlfriends we would each be glued to our smart phones desperately trying to seek out every word, every photo, and every moment that Kirk chose to share with us. Instead of ripping out Kirk’s centerfold in Tiger Beat we would simply download his picture & print it out or share it with everyone socially. 

Granted even though access to celebrities is much more attainable now in the online world, a little part of me feels sad that now it’s all so easy.  Where is the fun and adventure in that?  I must have drafted over 20 letters to Kirk before I composed “the one” that was going to make him have to meet me.  I waited anxiously for months checking the mailbox for a return letter from him.  I bought all of his magazines, t-shirts, stickers, posters and watched every episode of Growing Pains religiously.  I was devoted.

Now I know what you all must be thinking, did she get the damn letter from Kirk Cameron?  Unfortunately I did not but I did receive a letter and photo from Mackenzie Aston. During the entire time I was writing to Kirk I was also writing to Mackenzie.  I know how could I betray Kirk like that?  Well it was something that just happened (isn’t that what all people say).  Kirk wasn’t giving me the attention that I needed so I ran into the arms (a.k.a. fan club) of Mackenzie. 

I’m sorry you had to hear it this way Kirk.