I'm seeing this shift from class hierarchy to a classless system where even more and more people see themselves as classless. They see themselves regular, average. It's happening in my home country and it's happening in US.
Major movie stars ponder whether to appear approachable, regular Joes and Janes, or if they want to exhibit their $100M mansions. Anyways, they want to tweet their daily happenings and have a bunch of myspace & facebook friends with whom to share their "regularity".
I wouldn't want to accept this all, but it's happening. Even some hardcore opponents to facebook see how all of this is altering our world.
Some journalists here have said of this: "When someone admits they're just average, it's a secret code for telling they're better".
Really, only the losers seem not to be average today.
Think of the North Korean leaders. They have set their "news agencies" to tell stories of their incredible accomplishements, and they have been the laughing stuff of the world for, how long? Forever. Nobody wants to be a self-important person who's importance can be taken away in a second by today's mass media.
What you think about this change, this phenomenon?
Is mediocrity here to stay?