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Post-Authenticity and the Ironic Truths of Meme Culture
What I’ve sought to argue in this essay, then, is that we are indeed living in an a strange, surface-centric moment in popular, digital culture right now — where the original ‘essence of things’ has indeed become somewhat unfashionable (or just less entertaining). Social and media technologies, optimised for the diffusion of highly emotive, reaction-generating content, encourage a rapid trade in attention-grabbing ideas, over slower-burning systematic, contextualised thinking.

Yet, even as ‘authenticity’ as a claim and as an aesthetic feels outdated, deeper forms of ‘realness’ in our communications still persist. People are still seeking to communicate their deepest personal truths: their values, hopes and fears with each other. Through sharing media, we’re still creating community.

Nonetheless, the kind of truth in play is changing form: emotional and moral truths are in ascendance over straightforwardly factual claims. Truth becomes plural, and thereby highly contested: global warming, 9/11, or Obama’s birthplace are all treated as matters of cultural allegiance over ‘fact’ as traditionally understood. “By my reckoning, the solidly reality-based are a minority, maybe a third of us but almost certainly fewer than half,” Kurt Andersen posits. Electorates in the US and Europe are polarising along value-driven lines — order and authority vs. openness and change. Building the coalitions of support needed to tackle the grand challenges we face this century will require a profound upgrade to our political and cultural leaders’ empathic and reconciliation skills.
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april 2018 by petej
HAUTE POP | The Rules of Social Media (According to Teenage Girls)
"So you see it’s not (solely) teenage girls and their social pressures driving this pursuit of followers and likes, but something built into the architecture of our social networks themselves. They’re what these platforms give us to work with - they’re fairly thin platforms for interaction, allowing a limited range of gestures. But we’re able to inscribe these tiniest of signals - not just likes, but ratios, timings, frequencies - to stand for broader social norms nonetheless:

It’s important for people to like you.
You should pretend that this is effortless: ‘trying too hard’ exposes us all, and is thefore taboo.
Appear humble - tall poppies get cut down.
Humour is the most socially acceptable way to stand out.

We’re such herd animals."
socialMedia  competition  etiquette  rules  dctagged  dc:creator=OwensJay 
august 2014 by petej

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