How to alienate and enrage 99% of the world? Tell them that almost all of their contemporary cultural practices, beliefs, interests, hobbies and pastimes are shallow, superficial assertions of tribal identity that do little more than provide temporary comfort in an ultimately hostile, selfish and uncaring world. It is not that these cultural practices and […]
How strange it is that we should all spend our lives in pursuit of some idealised goal of perfect self-abstraction, of well-defined subjectivity and psychological closure when everything we learn on this journey of life informs us that this is in fact impossible. We learn by entrainment and enculturation that we should abhor and shum […]
Notice how the primary cultural differentiation of generational identity is always a commercially-mediated product, idiom or artefact. Can anyone ever truly own their expression of identity, of cultural self when it is always already so much someone else’s possession? Does commercial self-interest (even unwittingly) cultivate a possibility for the emergence of self-identity and t h […]
The catastrophic entropy of a currently most-probable future is not the only available solution in the possibility-space of all emergent and adaptive human planetary civilisations.
We are actually all a lot more random and emotional than we tend to realise.
The Hard Facts of Cultural Selfies
Instagram does not only generate dissatisfaction, it thrives on it.
Own your own emptiness
We are all empty, don’t let the shambling leviathan of commercial culture make you feel less than you are, feel worthless or unvalued and unloved.
Quieting the Ego
Psychological closure or completion of an isolated ego remains a functional, technological and sociological impossibility.
If nobody is actually who they appear to be, then neither are we (and even to ourselves) any more than ghostly probabilities or insubstantial shadows, masked and knowable…
The “Mediation” in Social Media
Social media is neither good nor bad. It is merely another evolution of the participatory self-expression and creative individual cultural absorption which so well characterises historical and technological development…