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Complementary: what is real?

TikTok by Seema R (@artlust)

–> critique and “critical thought” being viewed as negative is anti-intellectual

–> enjoyment and critique are not mutually exclusive

–> important to consider why something was shared online

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Choose reality while you still can by David Cain

–> some people can’t seem to tell which online videos are staged

The Media Insider did a pretty good video illustrating a phenomenon Jean Baudrillard pointed out in the late 20th century: art and culture starts out focused on depicting the real world around us — nature, people, and the cosmos — but ends up focused on depicting art and culture itself.

Not only are people losing the ability to discern between reality and fabrication, but they’re losing the sense that there is anything better, or more important, about reality.

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Comment by Amy Letter on the article Did the internet ruin culture? by Max Read

The “culture” this creates is one in which everyone is raised to believe they want to be famous. The desire for attention comes first, the “how can I GET that attention?” question comes after.

This is the flattening. Earlier un-flattened nodes (people!) had an idea of who they were and what they believed and what they wanted to create and if they created it they might step back and say, Yes, I want to Share This. But the new rules reversed that. Now it’s “I share therefore I am; holy crap I haven’t shared anything, I feel myself disappearing…

See also: On Tyranny — truth is important

A connection between rejecting criticism with complaining about cancel culture, and the recent moves to block moderation, which will destroy social media platforms as a means of communication and information sharing if implemented.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at tracy.durnell@gmail.com. She/her.

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