Though such a recent innovation, social media is an important and dominating tool to the world we live in. From Instagram selfies to tweets about the weather, it goes without saying that much of our social life is spent in the virtual world. But what does this say about us as a society? Is social media a fantastic convenience or an infantilizing ball & chain? “IRL (In Real Life): the Series” is about the intersection of social media culture with contemporary society. In the history of civilization, no technology has existed previously that has allowed us to accomplish so much – while simultaneously exacerbating the effects of alienation, loneliness and abundance. With all that in mind, I had the fortune to sit down with one of the leading actors of IRL the Series, Tony Babcock, in order to discover a little more about the upcoming show.
What is IRL the Series about and what inspired its conception?
IRL the Series is about the intersection of social media with modern society and how it impacts modern society. It looks at the many ways social media brings us together and in the same vein how it tears us apart. It was originally inspired by show creator (and showrunner) Bobby Del Rio who wanted to get a group of actors together to make their own work. In this industry work can sometimes be very slow or too far and few between. He thought it would be a good idea to explore this topic in an organic and unique way which showcases an accurate and honest representation of women, multiculturalism and LGBTQ culture.