If I had unlimited funding to follow one person around for a month, I would follow our president, Barack Obama. Although so many people have written articles on him, and he has been researched and scrutinized by countless people, I think it would be really interesting to get a first hand account of the life of our president. I think that there is a ton of controversy and opposition surrounding President Obama's decisions from the war in Iraq, to the failing economy, and I really think that people would find it interesting to read an in depth article about him as a person. Although Obama is never out of the spotlight, I would love to get a greater perspective on our president and on why he has made certain decisions. Obama is compelling on so many levels, one being that he is our first black president and another on how he is taking control of our country at a crucial time. As a nation we are struggling and President Obama is our leader during this time. I think people would be immediately fascinated by the article because it would capture so much more perspective on our president; a man who is on the forefront of every important decision in America. Of all the people in the world to follow, I'm most interested in the person that is influencing the society I live in every day.
I would follow North Korean leader Kim Jung-il. Ever since the Korean peninsula was divided over 50 years ago, and North Korea was locked behind the iron hands of the Worker's party, the West has had an addiction on trying to figure out what is actually going on inside the most secretive country on earth. I would like to capitalize on our curiosity, and to try and depict life of one of the last dictators of the 21st century. Nothing would please me more than to remove the vail of secrecy surrounding Jung-il, his country, his party, and his family. Especially now, in this time of heighten interest and secrecy around who will be Kim Jung-ill's replacement, I think the story would interest many. Journalist have tried recently to get into North Korea. Some have failed (Laura Ling among others), but others have gotten in just to be given the dog and pony show tour without actually seeing the real working of the country. To expose the real north and to reveal its mysteries would be a really worthwhile thing to do in my opinion, and in my mind there is no better place to start on that journey than with the man at the helm.
If I had unlimited funding and one month to follow one person around, I would choose to follow Mark Zuckerberg. There is a movie being made about him right now called "The Social Network" and it is based off of his life, and his creation of Facebook. I would choose to follow him around before he invented Facebook because I think it would be really interesting to see what his life was like beforehand. Facebook is something that has taken over the world over the past couple of years, and it was created by this one guy who never expected that anything this huge could have come from such a "simple" idea. I think it would be interesting to see his life, whether it was just the typical life of a young man or if his life was different or more complex than what is considered to be "normal."
If I could follow one person around for a month, I think I would choose Nostradamus. I have always been fascinated with predictions of the earth's ending and Nostradamus seems to be the origin them all. In his lifetime, he created all of 942 quatrains, or small poems consisting of 4 lines. In these quatrains, he predicts the birth and rise of Hitler, the attack of the Twin Towers, the French revolution, the destruction of the challenger and many more historic downfalls. He predicts that a World War 3 will break out between 2011 and 2012, and that the world is destined to end in the year 2012. Who is to know if these upcoming prophecies are accurate? Nostradamus was living during the Spanish Inquisition, and therefore had to stay somewhat undercover when writing due to the fact that he otherwise would have been accused as a wicken. His first edition of The Prophecies was published in 1555 and the second in 1557. Though there are several theories and ideas on how Nostradamus constructed his notions, there is no real answer. Studying and learning about how and why Nostradamus created these predictions would not only answer so many pending questions, but would also reveal the thoughts behind his ideas, which will never be known.
If I were to be given one month and unlimited funding, the person I would, without question, follow Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham Fiennes, 3rd Baronet. I realize, of course, that the name and exploits of Sir Ranulph Fiennes might not be common knowledge to all, however his incredibly action packed life would make for an incredible profile. Born in Glasgow Scotland shortly after his father was killed in action in WW2 (1944), he inherited his father's title of 3rd Baronet of Banbury at birth and is to this day a distant cousin of the British royal family. Upon finishing his education at Eton, Fiennes joined the British Army and served 8 years in the Royal Scots Greys where, in the final two years of his service, he seconded the army of the Sultan of Oman and earned decorations from the Sultanate for his central role in the Dhofar Rebellion ('62-75). He led expeditions up the White Nile and on the Jostedalsbreen Glacier of Norway in 1969. his most famous expedition was his Transglobe adventure where he and two companions traveled the world on its polar axis covering 52,000 miles between 1979 and 1982 becoming the first man to have visited both poles by land. In 1992 Fiennes led an expedition that discovered the lost city of Ubar in Oman (discovered to be 4,300 years old). the Baronet has made two attempts ('93& 96) to cross the continent of Antarctica alone on foot and made it 95 days without aid. In 2003, four months removed from having recovered from a heart attack and a double heart bypass operation, Fiennes cooked up the idea of doing "The Land Rover 7x7x7 Challenge" in which he would run seven marathons in seven days, on seven continents for the British Heart Foundation. His most recent adventure was in 2009 when, at age 63, he climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest becoming the oldest Briton to achieve this feat. Moreover, I think this man, and the way he lives his life makes me feel like I not only haven't even begun living yet, but also makes me feel like I know so little about what life is really about. He truly lives each day as if it were his last, and though not all of us would be able to match his drive for the rush of an adventure, we would certainly like to here the stories behind these adventures.
If I could follow around any person for a month, I would chose rap superstar Kid Cudi. Not only would I chose him because I like his music but the lyrics in his songs that describe his life are very interesting. He seems like an ingruiging man and of course being a superstar his life is filled with grade A parties in the coolest places, beautiful women and other exciting things. I am also interested in what the song writing buisness is like and where he derives many of his lyrics from. He may not be an important figure around the world, but that month would be a blast and I would learn a great deal about the music buisness which interests me a great deal. I can only imagine how busy his life must be. I also like how he doesn't ever seem to get himself caught up in hollywood or any other type of "E news" drama. I think that makes all the more interesting.
If I could follow one person around for a month I think I would choose to follow Adolf Hitler. Many people might question that choice and wonder why one would want to spend time with a man full of such evil and hatred. The fact that one man can get so much satisfaction from killing millions of innoccent people really fascinates me. I woul dlove to know what was going on in his head while killing and torturing people based on their religon, looks, and background. I would ask him if he feels any guilt from taking the lives of friends, family members, brothers and sisters. In addition, I would ask him if he was scared at all, for that most of the world wanted him dead. Based on the fact that he committed suicide it is probably safe to conclude that he was scared at some points due to what he had done. I would just find it extremely interesting to see how he went about his daily routines knowing what he was doing to the world. What would he tell people his reasoning was behind his hatred? Because he wanted his race to be the superios one in the world? If that the case, then why was it neccessary to end people of other race's lives.
If I could follow anyone for a month with unlimited funding, I would have to go with my idol and tennis god Roger Federer. As a tennis player myself, I have always wondered what Roger does to train and prepare for his matches. As well, people watch him play and simply say "Hm, he's good." But to truly understand the talent he possesses, knowledge on the sport is mandatory. The fact that he has mastered every aspect the game--both physically and mentally--to a level that no one will ever reach again, sometimes keeps me up at night. Now that you see my unfathomable reverence, my intrigue into his life beyond tennis should be stark. However, the play at the level that he does, his life has essentially become tennis. Still, gray areas surrounding his preparation and training severely shroud his being. What I would really love to get out of this month long visit, is try and "dissect" his personality and deduce what he is thinking on a day to day basis, as well as during his matches. When he misses two shots in a row (which he rarely ever does) how does he recover? Whatever this thought process is, it must contribute to his disgusting level of consistency. Throughout his 12 year career, Roger has never had a single injury except a small case of mono--which clearly didn't affect him seeing as he went on to win the us open. The longevity of his career is simply astonishing. But how does he do it?! Is there some revolutionary training technique he's using? Or is he really just God? The raw talent he possesses is something commonly overlooked and under-appreciated. Spending one month with a master of a sport that I love, is something I could only dream of.