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The Book of Life -- What Can Stop the Loneliness?
'...To summarise, the good friend has been humbled, they’ve given up pride, they’ve messed up – and they’ve drawn all the right conclusions from their troubles: that the only thing that counts is kindness. That’s why they’re going to be so patient with you, that’s why they’ll understand all the things you worry about and that you regret, that’s why they’ll be on hand with compassion, gentleness and plenty of rich dark laughter. An ideal group of friends is unlikely to have obvious prestige: they might include ex-convicts, junkies and those who’ve had tumultuous private lives, people who may think that they have little left to contribute, that their slips and misdeeds have placed them far outside of useful society but who – unexpectedly, by virtue of their histories – are world champions at the art of friendship and non-judgemental generosity. Of course everyone tries to be nice from the start (or at least most of us do). But only those among us who’ve properly suffered truly are nice. If one meets with just one or two such people in a lifetime, one will have been properly blessed.'
psychology  friendship  humility  vulnerability  authenticity 
march 2019 by adamcrowe
The Book of Life -- On Knowing Who One Is
'Without knowing who we are, we tend to have particular trouble coping with either denigration or adulation. If others decide that we are worthless or bad, there will be nothing inside us to prevent us from swallowing their verdicts in their entirety, however wrong-headed, extreme or unkind they may be. We will be helpless before the court of public opinion. We’ll always be asking others what we deserve before seeking inside for an answer. Lacking an independent verdict, we also stand to be unnaturally hungry for external praise: the clapping of an audience will matter more than would ever be wise. We’ll be prey to rushing towards whatever idea or activity the crowd happen to love. We will laugh at jokes that aren’t funny, uncritically accept undeserving concepts that are in vogue and neglect our truer talents for easy popular wins. We’ll trail public opinion slavishly, constantly checking the world’s whims rather than consulting an inner barometer in order to know what we should want, feel and value. -- We need to be kind on ourselves. No one is born with an independent ability to know who they are. We learn to have an identity because, if we are blessed, in our early years, someone else takes the trouble to study us with immense fairness, attention and kindness and then plays us back to us in a way that makes sense and that we can later emulate. They give us the beginning of a true portrait of our identity which we take on and enrich over the years and use as a defence against the distorting verdicts from hurried or ill-intentioned others. Knowing who one is is really the legacy of having been known properly by someone else at the start. -- This early identity-building tends to unfold with apparently innocuous life-saving small steps. ‘It must really have hurt,’ a parent might say in response to an upset, thereby validating an infant’s own feelings. Or: ‘it’s OK not to feel happy on your birthday,’ the parent might say another point, delicately upholding an infant’s less typical response to certain events. -- Ideally, the child isn’t just known, he or she is also interpreted as likeable. A good parent offers generous interpretations; they are on the side of the child and are always ready to put the best possible gloss on moments of ill-temper or of failure – which forms the basis upon which resilient self-esteem can then later emerge. ...'
psychology  parenting  attachment  affectregulation  self  selfesteem  authenticity  individuation  ownlife 
december 2018 by adamcrowe
The Book of Life -- The True and the False Self
'One of the most surprising but powerful explanations for why we may, as adults, be in trouble mentally is that we were, in our earliest years, denied the opportunity to be fully ourselves, that is, we were not allowed to be wilful and difficult, we could not be as demanding, aggressive, intolerant, and unrestrictedly selfish as we needed to be. Because our caregivers were preoccupied or fragile, we had to be preternaturally attuned to their demands, sensing that we had to comply in order to be loved and tolerated; we had to be false before we had the chance to feel properly alive. And as a result, many years later, without quite understanding the process, we risk feeling unanchored, inwardly dead and somehow not entirely present. -- ... The true self of the infant, in Winnicott’s formulation, is by nature asocial and amoral. It isn’t interested in the feelings of others, it isn’t socialised. It screams when it needs to – even if it is the middle of the night or on a crowded train. It may be aggressive, biting and – in the eyes of a stickler for manners or a lover of hygiene – shocking and a bit disgusting. It wants to express itself where and how it wants. It can be sweet of course but on its own terms, not in order to charm or bargain for love. If a person is to have any sense of feeling real as an adult, then it has to have enjoyed the immense emotional privilege of being able to be true in this way, to disturb people when it wants, to kick when it is angry, to scream when it is tired, to bite when it is feeling aggressive. The True Self of the child must be granted the imaginative opportunity to destroy the parent when it is in a rage – and then witness the parent surviving and enduring, which lends the child a vital and immensely reassuring sense that it is not in fact omnipotent, and that the world won’t collapse simply because it sometimes wishes or fears it could. -- When things go well, gradually and willingly, the child develops a False Self, a capacity to behave according to the demands of external reality. This is what enables a child to submit to the rigours of school and, as it develops into an adult, of working life as well. When we have been given the chance to be our true selves we do not, at every occasion, need to rebel and insist on our needs. We can follow the rules because we have, for a time, been able to ignore them entirely. In other words, Winnicott was not a thorough enemy of a False Self; he understood its role well enough, he simply insisted that it belonged to health only when it had been preceded by a thorough earlier experience of an untrammelled True Self. -- Unfortunately, many of us have not enjoyed such an ideal start. ... The result is that we will have learnt to comply far too early; we will have become obedient at the expense of our ability to feel authentically ourselves. In relationships, we may now be polite and geared to the needs of our partners, but not for that matter able properly to love. At work, we may be dutiful but uncreative and unoriginal. -- In such circumstances, and this is its genius, psychotherapy offers us a second chance. In the hands of a good therapist, we are allowed to regress before the time when we started to be False, back to the moment when we so desperately needed to be true. In the therapist’s office, safely contained by their maturity and care, we can learn – once more – to be real; we can be intemperate, difficult, unconcerned with anyone but ourselves, selfish, unimpressive, aggressive and shocking. And the therapist will take it – and thereby help us to experience a new sense of aliveness which should have been there from the start. The demand to be False, which never goes away, becomes more bearable because we are regularly being allowed, in the privacy of the therapist’s room, once a week or so, to be True. -- Winnicott was famously calm and generous towards his patients when they were attempting to refind their True Selves in this way. One of them smashed a favourite vase of his, another stole his money, a third shouted insults at him session after session. But Winnicott was unruffled, knowing that this was part of a journey back towards health, away from the deadly fakeness afflicting these patients in the rest of their lives. -- We can be grateful to Winnicott for reminding us that contentment and a feeling of reality have to pass through stages of almost limitless delinquent selfishness. There is simply no other way. We have to be True before we can be usefully a bit fake – and if we have never been allowed, then our sickness and depression is there to remind us that we need to take a step back, and therapy is there to allow us to do so.'
psychology  attachment  defencemechanisms  falseself  psychotherapy  authenticity  * 
february 2018 by adamcrowe
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: The Dangers Of Being Dutiful
'We associate being dutiful with being safe – that’s how it worked at school. But once we are in the big world, too much of a concern for duty can be our downfall.'
parenting  psychology  repression  childhood  authenticity  motivation  individuation 
september 2016 by adamcrowe
Aeon Essays -- How loneliness generates empathy and shapes identity by Cody Delistraty
'....There are many ways in which humans maintain – intentionally and unintentionally – states of loneliness: giving up a sense of home, creating only temporary friendships, having meaningless sex. While these actions might seem negative on the surface, they are decisions that are unconsciously related to self-preservation. The self dissolves when it is spread too thin, when it is obliged to deal with the glut of acquaintances and jobs, and all the places where one might not be alone but in which one might still feel lonely. -- Seeking isolation, searching out the existential pain of loneliness, writes Mijuskovic, is ‘a defensive device to thwart the threat of diffusion, of the self’s evaporation before the overwhelming presence of the “others” as it is assaulted by an impersonal, bureaucratic, industrialised, mechanised society or by violent and traumatic interpersonal relations’. -- Although it is distressing to ponder, what happens if everything that comprises a personage – all that one loves, hates, desires, hopes for – becomes only the distillation of other people’s feelings? What if one becomes only a weak prism, reflecting the light of those who have risked diving deeper into themselves? What happens if we do not risk loneliness ourselves? The loss of identity, surely, is a more troubling prospect than loneliness with its risks and pain and drawbacks. For who are we if we cease to be ourselves? -- I often think about loneliness, how it can be devastating, but also how it can be a space of reflection that is hard-won; a form of wisdom, a master emotion that colours all other emotions. Importantly, I now feel that without a willingness to face loneliness we forfeit our freedom. -- At my loneliest, I have strolled late at night through the less august parts of town, near Belleville and the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, turning every fibre of my being inwards so that I can feel everything, and I’ve discovered an almost infinite hope for the life outside myself. The more I shrink into myself, the larger and more possible the universe becomes.'
psychology  loneliness  aloneness  solitude  authenticity  freedom  individuation  ownlife  world  awe  OttoRank  Heidegger 
july 2016 by adamcrowe
PubMed -- Heidegger, ontological death, and the healing professions by Kevin A. Aho
'In Being and Time, Martin Heidegger introduces a unique interpretation of death as a kind of world-collapse or breakdown of meaning that strips away our ability to understand and make sense of who we are. This is an 'ontological death' in the sense that we cannot be anything because the intelligible world that we draw on to fashion our identities and sustain our sense of self has lost all significance. On this account, death is not only an event that we can physiologically live through; it can happen numerous times throughout the finite span of our lives. -- ...if we look at the way in which Heidegger defines human existence (as ‘Dasein’ or ‘being-in-the-world’), a peculiar picture of death begins to emerge. It is not a terminal event that happens at the end of one’s life and generally accompanied by a failure of biological functioning. It is, rather, a kind of ‘collapse’ or ‘breakdown’ (Zusammenbruch) of meaning itself, where what dies or comes to an end is not a physiological entity but the ability to understand and make sense of the world and oneself. Understood this way, death refers to the uncanny experience of having one’s way of being or identity slip away because the familiar world — that is, the shared background of meaning on the basis of which I understand who I am — has collapsed into meaninglessness. This is an ‘ontological death’ in the sense that I cannot be anything because the intelligible context of equipment, roles, and practices I draw on to fashion my identity and sustain my sense of self has lost all significance for me. I am, quite simply, ‘unable-to-be’. On this account, what Heidegger calls ‘dying’ is not only an event that I can physiologically live through; it is an event that discloses the structural vulnerability at the core of my identity and can occur numerous times throughout the finite span of my life. -- ... Our identities are held together and constituted by the stories we tell about ourselves, and these stories have the power to express ‘what it means’ and ‘what it feels like’ to lose one’s identity in the world-collapse of illness. But they also provide an opportunity to construct alternative self-interpretations amidst the debris and anguish of self-loss, and in this regard represent an important opportunity for the healing professions. Rather than viewing narrative as the impartial recording of facts to be analyzed by medical experts, it can now be recast as the beginning of a conversation, where new words and meanings can be introduced, and in the reciprocal to and fro between patient and health care professional, a new story can be fashioned, one that acknowledges and is open to the fundamental vulnerability of our identities and flexible enough to let go of those that have lost their significance or viability. -- ... When the existentialist claims ‘existence precedes essence’, she is making it clear the human being is not a physical thing with a determined, pre-given nature. We exist for ourselves (‘being-for-itself’) as self-making beings that are always capable of interpreting and giving meaning to the limitations of our physiological givenness (‘being-in-itself’). As a self-making activity, there is nothing that fundamentally grounds or secures my existence; I am a ‘not yet’ or a ‘being possible,’ always in the process of constituting and making myself who I am until my being comes to an end in physiological death. Heidegger agrees with this point, but goes on to argue that the activity of self-making is not only vulnerable to collapse when I affectively confront the end of my life. It is vulnerable at any time; it is subject to a "constant threat arising from Dasein [itself]" (1927/1962, 265). This means my ‘ability-to-be’, even when relatively young and healthy is something that cannot be taken for granted, and the anxiety arising from ‘ontological death’ cannot be deferred by the idea that it will happen only in the distant future when my body weakens and begins to fail me. This is why Heidegger says, "medical and biological investigations... can obtain results which may become significant ontologically [only] if the basic orientation for an existential [ontological] interpretation of death has been made secure" (1927/1962, 247). As the existentialists argue, my impending biological end gains its meaning from the fact that I am an ontological being, that I can ‘take a stand’ on my own death by interpreting it and investing it with the significance that it has. The horror that flashes in the lucid awareness of my impending death is a world-collapse insofar as it exposes the radical contingency and finitude of my projects and forces me to confront the ultimate questions: ‘Who am I?’ and ‘How should I live?’ But the fact that the terminal event can be pushed away into some vague and distant future makes it easier to deny, turning the uncanny anxiety of our own structural ‘nothingness’ into a much more manageable fear ‘of something’. -- The distinction between fear and anxiety is central to understanding the distinction between ‘demising’ and ‘dying’. For Heidegger, fear "always comes from entities [things or events] within-the-world," whereas anxiety comes from "nothing and nowhere" (1927/1962, 187). Thus, the experience of world-collapse that emerges in the awareness of my impending physical death can be interpreted as fear. And because this fear is ‘of something’, of a future event, it can be located and managed to some extent as something external, as not yet belonging to me. Heidegger suggests this view actually "weakens [death] by calculating how we are to have it at our disposal" (1927/1962, 261). Contrast this with anxiety, where there is ‘no-thing’ I can point to or indicate what it is that I am anxious about. This is because the vulnerability of world-collapse belongs not to my future end but to the ontological structure of my existence itself and, as such, "it is possible at any moment" (1927/1962, 258).5 When our structural vulnerability erupts in anxiety, it destroys our familiar way of making sense of things. We die because "the ‘world’ can offer nothing more, [and this] takes away from Dasein the possibility of understanding itself" (1927/1962, 187). We see then that when Heidegger refers to ‘dying’ he is agreeing with the existentialists but is also making a stronger claim. The collapse of our self-under- standing does not just occur in the painful awareness of our impending physical death because our identity is already unstable, already structured by the possibility of its own collapse. This is why Heidegger says, "Dasein is dying factically and indeed constantly, as long as it has not yet come to its demise" (1927/1962, 259), and later, "Dasein does not have an end at which it simply stops, [rather] it exists finitely" (1927/1962, 329). To ‘exist finitely’ is to be in such a way that is always vulnerable to world-collapse which effectively puts an end to our ‘ability-to-be’. As opposed to ‘demising’, ‘dying’ is the ‘‘possibility of the impossibility of existence... [and] is not 'added onto' Dasein at its 'end'" (1927/1962, 306). What makes this account of death especially frightening is that we have to experience and live through the collapse of our world and the paralyzing dissolution of the self (Thomson 2013). In these moments, we are simultaneously alive and dead; we continue to perceive, handle, and experience things, but we are unable to attribute meaning or significance to any of it. -- ...‘ontological death’ is not simply a meaningless and inimical shattering of the self. For Heidegger, if we anticipate it in a particular way, it also presents an opportunity for personal growth and transformation by exposing the frailty and impermanence of our identities, forcing us to confront the choices and actions that make us who we are, and opening us up to the possibility of alternative self-interpretations. -- When, in the face of death-anxiety, we desperately cling to our publicly interpreted identities or flee back into its comforts after the moment has passed, we are ‘inauthentic’, unwilling to own up to our structural vulnerability. This kind of denial or evasion is, for Heidegger, our usual response to ‘dying’; it is how Dasein "maintains itself proximally and for the most part" (1927/1962, 260). In order to be ‘authentic’ (eigentlich), Heidegger describes the importance of, what he calls, ‘resoluteness’ (Entschlossenheit), where this is understood as a kind of unwavering readiness to die, to steadfastly anticipate the possibility of world-collapse. In anticipatory resoluteness, "[Dasein] takes over authentically in its existence the fact that it is the null basis of its own nullity" (1927/1962, 306). -- In resoluteness, I understand and am open to the contingency of my own way of being and embody a steady and clear-sighted willingness to be flexible with how I interpret myself, and to let go of those self-interpretations that are no longer significant or viable for me. This helps explain why Heidegger says resolute Dasein ‘‘cannot become rigid as regards the situation, but must understand that resolution...must be held open and free for the current factical possibility’’ (1927/ 1962, 307). Whatever identity or self-interpretation I happen to be committed to at a given time, I have to always "hold [myself] free for the possibility of taking it back" (1927/ 1962, 308). When we respond to ‘ontological death’ in this way, we are able let go or give up on the notion that there is something stable and enduring about who we are, making it possible for us to own up to our structural vulnerability and be released from inauthentic clinging. Anticipating and being ready for death in this way "discloses to existence that its uttermost possibility lies in giving itself up, and thus it shatters all one’s tenaciousness to whatever existence one has reached… [more]
philosophy  psychology  existentialism  authenticity  possibilityspace  probabilityspace  identity  attachment  separationanxiety  trauma  dasein  self  world  loss  death  abyss  OttoRank  Heidegger  * 
april 2016 by adamcrowe
The Art of Manliness -- Wants Vs. Likes
'Let us end this discussion with the insights of our friend Jack London, who explained the essence and significance of authentic liking in regards to how he and his wife wanted to sail around the world, while their friends thought the idea was nuts: '...The ultimate word is I Like. It lies beneath philosophy, and is twined about the heart of life. When philosophy has maundered ponderously for a month, telling the individual what he must do, the individual says, in an instant, “I Like,” and does something else… That is why I am building the [ship]. I am so made. I like, that is all.”''
psychology  authenticity  individuation 
may 2015 by adamcrowe
Evolution Counseling -- Less Than You Are Capable Of Being
'“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.” ~ Abraham Maslow -- If you’re walking a path that seems to be helping you become what you’re capable of being, this path is going to be difficult, there’s going to be more stress and tension than if you were selling yourself short. But you’ll accept the stressors and tension as necessary evils, even embrace them, since they’re proof that you’re on the right track, they’re side-effects of your forward progress. -- Anything less than you are capable of being is not good enough, even if no one else sees it, even if your path is one of fame and acclaim. When it comes to your self-actualization you are the only one who can judge whether or not it has occurred. If it hasn’t there is no reason to expect any other outcome than unhappiness.' -- "I think you unhappy because you never have been unhappy: you have passed through your life without meeting an antagonist: no one will know your powers, not even you yourself. For a man cannot know himself without a trial: no one ever learnt what he could do without putting himself to the test..." ~ Seneca
psychology  authenticity  individuation  optimalfrustration  stoicism  hormesis 
april 2015 by adamcrowe
Ribbonfarm -- A Dent in the Universe
'The market for mostly harmless theaters of self-actualization thrives because we know the real thing punishes failure with death or madness.'
existentialism  psychology  maslow  authenticity  individuation  abyss  possibilityspace 
february 2015 by adamcrowe
Psychology Today -- Honesty by Robert D. Stolorow
'Authenticity (existential honesty) owns up to the inevitability of loss. -- Poet David Whyte has expressed this beautifully: "The fear of loss, in one form or another, is the motivator behind all conscious and unconscious dishonesties..."'
psychology  existentialism  authenticity  honesty  separationanxiety  world  loss  Heidegger 
december 2014 by adamcrowe
YouTube -- Emmy van Deurzen: Authenticity
One of the only coherent philosophical position is thus revolt. It is a constant confrontation between man and his own obscurity. It is an insistence upon an impossible transparency. It challenges the world anew every second. Just as danger provided man with the unique opportunity of seizing awareness, so metaphysical revolt extends awareness to the whole of experience. It is that constant presence of man in his own eyes. It is not aspiration, for it is devoid of hope. That revolt is the certainty of a crushing fate, without the resignation that ought to accompany it. But again it is the absurd and its contradictory life that teaches us… Being aware of one’s life, one’s revolt, one’s freedom, and to the maximum, is living, and to the maximum… The present and the succession of presents before a constantly conscious soul is the ideal of the absurd man… Having started from an anguished awareness of the inhuman, the meditation on the absurd returns at the end of its itinerary to the very heart of the passionate flames of human revolt… The preceding merely defines a way of thinking. But the point is to live. ~ Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus
philosophy  psychology  existentialism  authenticity  revolt  individuation  ownlife  EmmyvanDeurzen  Camus  * 
october 2014 by adamcrowe
The New Inquiry -- Games of Truth
'“There is no privacy, secret, or non-publicity in the Cynic life,” Foucault says, and that sounds pretty familiar — like a lot of the complaints about ubiquitous social media. But this is not “performance,” in Foucault’s terms, but parrhesia. Systematically mistaking it for mere performance oversimplifies what is happening. -- Typically social media use is seen as potential identity or reputation construction, narrating cultural capital into existence, but “exposing” life is not always the same as making an identity. It can also be a way to subordinate or even sacrifice identity for truth: Sharing can be simply volunteering the self for ridicule, purging, nullification, ritual flaying, self-branding of a different kind. It’s why people sign up for demeaning reality TV shows, as Wayne Koestenbaum suggests in Humiliation. It’s part of why we sign up for Facebook. Moments of humiliation, Koestenbaum notes, “may be execrable an unendurable” but are also “genuine” in a “world that seems increasingly filled with fakeness.” Social media neatly increases that feeling of the world’s phoniness while providing a means of the sort of self-exposure that combats it. As more behavior seems inauthentic and “performative,” we have greater need to expose ourselves and have our own authenticity vindicated through the embarrassment this causes us. -- ... Invoking the very existence of a “true self” is a tactic that lower-status people can use to force higher-status people into an truth game with them — or at least marshal an audience that will put them on the same playing field by default. So when people (like me, sometimes) argue that social-media use encourages us to be calculating and inauthentically reflexive, this argument is itself an attempt at parrhesia — a status claim. To argue that people jeopardize their “real” self in using social media to make a personal brand is to try to stage a truth game, to interpolate people into an authenticity competition. That argument takes people’s ordinary performative discourse online and scrutinizes it as parrhesia. Thus, denying others the right to exist in different contexts, to have different social roles, is always an option available to “trolls” and other people seeking to garner a stronger sense of self. Staging a context collapse starts a truth game that the lower-status person has everything to gain by and relatively little to lose.'
psychology  socialmedia  realitytv  authenticity  identity  performance  masks  moratorium  status 
november 2013 by adamcrowe
Amazon.com -- Under Saturn's Shadow: The Wounding and Healing of Men by James Hollis
'#Every man carries a deep longing for his father and for his tribal Fathers -- As great as is the inner pressure, the deep pull back and down into the realm of the Mother, so must a corresponding force emerge to bridge the psyche over the great-in-between. This was the wisdom embodied in tribal rites of passage out of childhood. The rites were extensive, psychologically powerful, and prolonged to the degree that the mother complex had power over the nascent ego. To leave the comforts of home, the mother world, one must have some place to go. Admittedly, the rites of passage of traditional cultures were to initiate the youth into a simpler society, a more homogenous culture than ours. As well, their interest lay not in the individuation of the person but in the integration of that unformed person into the collective definition of tribal masculinity. Still, take away such psychically charged images of identity, take away the wisdom of the elders, take away the community of men, and one has the modern world. -- Since nature abhors a vacuum, so men today, childlike and uninitiated, fill the great-in-between with drugs, work, their partners. If we learn relationship by relating to the otherness of others, we confirm our identity by modeling like to like. Men today cannot claim their identity via the culture because they are obliged to find other uninitiated males as their models or succumb to the empty values of a materialist society. Again, before healing may begin, men must acknowledge the reality of what lies within. Among those confusing emotions is a deep grief for the loss of the personal father as companion, model and support, and a deep hunger for the fathers as a source of wisdom, solace and inspiration. -- It was the office of the tribal elders to pass on the wisdom of the ancestors, to inform the youth of the gods whom he was to serve and who stood by him. Men today have no rooting in any tribal history or transcendent reality. Men who have no grounding connection with their gods are in grave peril and they will bring danger to others as well. Such men are lost. They feel abandoned by history and the wise old men. They long for modeling and for the great teachings. They suffer their exile in silence or act out their grief disguised as rage. Such men are legion.'
psychology  men  abyss  individuation  authenticity 
august 2013 by adamcrowe
The New Inquiry -- Get real
'What comes across as authentic is no longer what seems to be untouched or unvarnished. We take it as “authentic” to want to be noticed and to work for it, and “inauthentic” to pretend to a Garboesque yearning for privacy. The spurious link between spontaneity and sincerity will be severed. Common courtesy will come to be a matter of respecting one another’s mediated solipsism rather than demanding that it be set aside. The insulation provided by a smartphone will come to seem like a layer of clothing, and you wouldn’t expect that everyone you encounter would just spontaneously disrobe for you.'
identity  authenticity  attention 
june 2013 by adamcrowe
The New Inquiry -- Dating robots
'Love is in many ways defined by escaping systematization. It registers in spontaneous moments, unexpected connections between people that neither ever would have thought to try to program that form the ineffable substance of intimacy. Love, as most people seem to see it, is supposed to individuate the partners, capture and reveal their personal uniqueness to the other, and the unfolding of love is the pursuit of more and more of those occasions that allow that uniqueness to express itself. -- A real-life love story has to be as unique and unpredictable as the people involved imagine themselves to be. It’s not about suspending disbelief and permitting for self-forgetting, but building belief and allowing for self-discovery, finding the wherewithal to believe that we have a “real” self and that it is valuable and compelling enough that someone else would want to know all about it. No one is “authentic” in isolation; you have to be authentic for someone else, who can confirm your genuineness. If you are alone being authentic, you are just being. -- Suspending disbelief sometimes can mean becoming an emotional robot. You put up a dating profile to attract search traffic, you imagine it could be a code that expresses precisely what you want from a dating experience and will somehow bring it into fruition: the algorithms will work their constitutive magic and produce this person who is precisely what you ordered, someone who fits the genre. And you can conduct the entire relation with that someone within those generic boundaries, according to the script you put out there, or the script that exists for first dates, or whatever seems most comfortable or expedient. If we perfect online dating, we won’t need robot lovers because the dating platform will roboticize us. -- But there’s another way to suspend disbelief as well that’s not about passive obedience and surrendering to a script. Entertainment gets us to pursue the suspension of disbelief as a pleasurable end in itself, because we trust that the scripted, produced nature of the entertainment product will protect us from the radical vulnerability of dropping our guard. -- If we suspend disbelief outside the script, however, if we resist the temptation (the defense mechanism, really) of repackaging our experiences in terms of entertainment, then suspending disbelief can become not an end but a means. It can open us unconditionally and carry us toward something terrifyingly unpredictable, something beyond what’s expected or what we planned for, something that’s much more like love — the realization that another person is not like a robot at all and can’t be programmed and that they are there with you in an ineffable moment of presence for reasons that will forever remain uncoded, maybe for no reason at all.'
relationships  love  authenticity  possiblityspace  probabilityspace  ractives  simulation  relationalobjects  transitionalobjects  objects  robots  * 
december 2012 by adamcrowe
PopMatters -- Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies
'“Authenticity” is another metric in the attention economy, measuring how believable one is to oneself in the process of broadcasting oneself. I’d expect that soon “authenticity” will be a literal metric, measuring the data trail one produces at one point of time with some earlier point to detect the degree of drift. ...a networked self could have some solidity that renders the performative nature of identity operate beyond questions of genuineness or authenticity. ...adopters can take solace in sending out their “Profile” to perform our cemented identity within various social networks. Once you accept that Facebook’s data collection roots you, you are “free” to be absent from social rituals but be present nonetheless. Welcome to the new intimacy. -- In Alone Together, Turkle fuses a section about sociable robots with a section about social media usage to basically argue this: social media accustom us to instrumentalized friendship, and once we are used to that, we are open to crypto-relationships with robots (the “new intimacies”), since they offer nothing more than instrumental value. Since we don’t want the “drama” of reciprocal real-time sociality anyway, there is basically no difference from our point of view between relating to another person and a robot. They are both merely mirrors for ourselves anyway. To a narcissist, every other person is always already a robot.'
quantifiedself  authenticity  narcissism  selfobjects  selfservers 
february 2012 by adamcrowe
Meme Hacking -- Douglas Rushkoff: Branding Doesn't Work! So Now What? PivotCon 2010 (Video)
"The human organism is attempting to evolve to the next level of awareness. And brands have no place in that conversation—I'm not saying products don't, services don't—brands don't." -- "Now you're dealing with a multi-dimensional, non-fiction conversation between people who are conversing expressly for the purpose of connecting on higher levels of organization." -- "The real problem [with the idea of 'real' social media conversations] is that there's frightfully very little real going on." -- "The reason they want to have the brand conversation is because that's all they are: brand" -- "Social media exists to help people create and exchange value directly with one another." -- "If the company doesn't have the most qualified, the most enthusiastic, people doing the thing that that company does, then nobody is going to care what that company or anyone in it is saying. And if [companies] do ... all you have to do is let them speak and the marketing part will take care of itself."
criticism  branding  marketing  socialmedia  productnarratives  authenticity  peoplearethekillerapp  DouglasRushkoff  from delicious
february 2011 by adamcrowe
HIPSTER RUNOFF -- Some altbro filmmaker makes meaningful documentary that finally answers ‘WTF IS A HIPSTER YALL?’
'Really h8 this modern era of self-important documentaries [via the post-Michael Moore / Morgan Spurlock era]. Just like ‘gonna make a movie where I turn myself into a character that proves a point and call it a ‘documentary’ even though I just look like a bro with a stick up my butt the whole movie. Do u think some people should just ‘strip naked’ and look at themselves in the mirror forever instead of using a video camera to capture ‘the essence of their lives’? What the eff is an effing hipster yall? Am I a hipstar?'
HipsterRunoff  hipsters  identity  authenticity  unwarrantedselfimportance  satire 
october 2010 by adamcrowe
Psychology Today -- The Sad Science of Hipsterism
'Nobody likes hipsters, not even hipsters. ...any people who legitimately enjoy all the trappings on hipsterhood must psychologically distance themselves from the demographic group of which they are so clearly a part. And so their subconscious brains have to work double time so that they can convince themselves that the things they buy do not reflect on their true character. The deeper irony is that those who try to assert their independence from the commodification of identity wind up tapping into another marketplace myth, what the authors call "the myth of consumer sovereignty." This is the idea that by assiduously selecting from all the identity markers available for purchase, a person can assemble one that authentically reflects their true self independent of the marketplace.'
consumerism  hipsters  homogeneity  consumering  identity  authenticity  status  irony  signalling  retribalization  globalvillage 
september 2010 by adamcrowe
HIPSTER RUNOFF -- H8 consumerism, material things, social status, & cash money
'Did this unique artistic project transcend society? Do yall feel ‘inspired’ by this project? Was it ‘brilliant’? Do u h8 society/consumerism? Do people and tweens only care about money? Should they have ‘manned up’ and put $100 bills in the tree? Should they have done this in a black neighborhood? Is some ‘generic white neighborhood in Chicago’ representative of humanity/society? Do u think black people were arrested if they took a dollar from this money tree?'
HipsterRunoff  hipsters  money  authenticity  satire 
september 2010 by adamcrowe
HIPSTER RUNOFF -- NYTimes does article on ‘effing hipster freegans’ who ‘go dumpster diving’ behind Whole Foods
'Not sure what the New York Times is trying to do. I guess create ‘compelling cultural content’ that is sharable + can ‘drive mad hits.’ Anyways, they made another zany article about ‘hipsters in Brooklyn’ have ‘started to’ ‘dumpster dive’ behind high-end grocery stores. Not sure if this writing is ‘real.’ Maybe NYTimes is now just some sort of complex art piece/satirical commentary on modern journalistic techniques. Let's 'remix' dumpster food. Do u ‘call bullshit’ on this event/trend? Should I shop at Target, Walmart, or just dumpster dive? Does ‘trash’ belong 2 no1, or is it the owner’s right as an American to know that their garbage wasn’t re-used or recycled in any format?'
HipsterRunoff  hipsters  authenticity  foraging  intergenerationalwarfare  satire  from delicious
august 2010 by adamcrowe
HIPSTER RUNOFF -- Is the albino blipster the most alt personal brand possible on Earth?
'First of all, being ‘black’ makes him more rugged & organic than all white people. But his skin condition makes him ‘post-back’, achieving a tone whiter than most white people. He comes with [FULLY LOADED] with ‘all of the pain and suffering’ of a descendant of Africa, but represents a ‘white light’, encouraging us to look at more than race, and instead to look inside of ourselves. In addition, being a ‘blipster’ gives him an alt perspective on the stereotypical ‘black’ way of life. Really feel like we are ‘witnessing history’/'transcendent beauty’ when we watch this albino model blipster bro. Seems post-human... -- Do u feel like ur personal brand is bottle necked by your genetic brand? Want 2 be ‘more than just another alt dunce dressed in retail... Want 2 have the most authentic personal brand in the entire universe [via aliens vs predators]'
HipsterRunoff  identity  authenticity  theadvertisedlife  satire  from delicious
july 2010 by adamcrowe
HIPSTER RUNOFF -- The Emergence of the USA BRO
'USABROS have been searching for other USABROS since after the 1994 World Cup in the United States. After that local World Cup, USA bros gained a ‘global perspective’, understanding that there was a ‘whole nother world out there’, beyond the traditional ‘trapped in their lives’ Americans who watched mainstream/weekend sports... The USABRO is just looking for a ‘breakout’ opportunity every 4 years. Every World Cup since 1990, USABROS have been growing. USABROS are searching for justification with their lives’: WHY did they play soccer all those years? Was it because they were athletically inferior to the African Americans who ran them off the football/basketball teams in high school? Was it because their parents wanted them to bond in a team/group environment? Was it because their parents had expendable income to pay for an overpriced trainer who wasn’t really qualified, but had a sweet foreign accent? Was it because they were a part of ’something bigger than themselves’?'
HipsterRunoff  identity  authenticity  america  satire  from delicious
june 2010 by adamcrowe
HIPSTER RUNOFF -- CHILLWAVE OIL SPILL: When Natural and Man-Made Forces Collide To Form an Indie Disaster
'As consumers, we try so hard to ‘manage our personal brands’, and make educated decisions about relevant bands. We try to predict trends. We do our best to invest in buzzbands before they are mainstream bands. We ask ‘Why?’ We feel entitled to know ‘How?’ When a buzzband ‘breaks thru’, we want to understand the flow of data + information from band –> blog –> consumer, and how that creates a sustainable business model. We need to stop asking ‘why?’ and learn to trust Mother Indie again. There is no explanation for the natural wonders of the buzzosphere. I feel scared. I feel like some1 is going to cause an oil spill into chill waters. It will be some sort of ‘man-made’ force, trying too hard to create a new trend/band. Maybe a blog oil spill, leaking an album before it is in high quality format. Maybe a mainstream indie band buzz tanker will ’spill’, contaminating the chill waters. Maybe a business that is ‘trying too hard’ to reach alts will cause a Mountain Dew/soda/liquor/oil spill'
HipsterRunoff  authenticity  consumerism  theadvertisedlife  satire  from delicious
june 2010 by adamcrowe
Umair Haque -- The Case for Being Disruptively Good
'In a disconnected world, the costs of evil are minimal. In a hyperconnected world, the costs of evil explode. Cheap information lays the foundations for more collective action. It's less costly to punish those who are evil. Equally important, it's less costly to reward those who are good. With better collective action comes an enhanced incentive for competitors to provide what incumbents can't; to do good where there's evil.'
economics  authenticity  UmairHaque 
april 2010 by adamcrowe
Twitter -- RE: Personal Brands
'#contextcollapse is a multiple public 'masks' problem. Some ppl deal with it by always wearing the same one.'
self  multitude  contextcollapse  masks  identity  authenticity  fake  branding 
february 2010 by adamcrowe
Marginal Utility -- It’s all one big plastic hassle
'Reflexively defiant consumers are just the avant-garde producers of new consumerist meanings within the code. The sovereignty they convince themselves that they have earned by pseudoresistance is actually more bound up than ever with consumerism. “Authenticity” becomes nothing but a marketing concept; it can no longer serve an an orienting ideal. It is “becoming extinct.” Worse, we confront sovereignty inflation: "To feel sovereign, postmodern consumers must adopt a never-ending project to create an individuated identity through consumption. ...we are in the midst of a widespread inflation in the symbolic work required to achieve what is perceived as real sovereignty." -- ...the contrivance of pseudo-authenticity is limitless, and the absorption of millions of new mini-brand managers on social networks and the like serves to manufacture new ruses at an inexhaustible rate. We have become the brainstorming consultants for corporations, only they don’t have to pay us for the labor.'
consumerism  consumering  identity  authenticity  precuperation  immateriallabour  theadvertisedlife 
february 2010 by adamcrowe
BBC -- Why do people often vote against their own interests?
Every vote is against your own interest. As for the healthcare discussion, the words "appear to be" and "seem to be" particularly stand out. -- '...authenticity has replaced economics as the driving force of modern politics. The authentic politicians are the ones who sound like they are speaking from the gut, not the cerebral cortex. Of course, they might be faking it, but it is no joke to say that in contemporary politics, if you can fake sincerity, you have got it made. This is a culture war but it is not simply being driven by differences over abortion, or religion, or patriotism. And it is not simply Red states vs. Blue states any more. It is a war on the entire political culture, on the arrogance of politicians, on their slipperiness and lack of principle, on their endless deal making and compromises. And when the politicians say to the people protesting: 'But we're doing this for you', that just makes it worse. In fact, that seems to be what makes them angriest of all.'
america  politics  authenticity  intellectualism  goodthink  backlash 
january 2010 by adamcrowe
I AM CARLES.com: Brand Relaunch // Introducing ‘The Genre Shirt.’
'Helps ppl understand that u r transcendent. U r not a fan of 1 band. U r a a fan of ‘good/relevant’ music.'
HipsterRunoff  eclecticism  authenticity  identity  multitude  self  satire 
december 2009 by adamcrowe
Marginal Utility -- The Authenticity Fetish
'Baudrillard: “Just as exchange value is not a substantial aspect of the product, but a form that expresses a social relation, so use value can no longer be viewed as an innate function of the object but as a social determination.” One can’t pursue authenticity through that route—by using only generic objects that we “need”—anymore than one can by acquiring authentic luxury items. What is “real” about a given object’s provenance is open to constant reevaluation; the emphasis can be shifted to suit the needs of those questioning reality at various junctures. -- But why not use fake luxury goods for other reasons? They function as a kind of social sabotage, a direct attack on distinction that forces those invested in positional goods to become uncomfortable and shift their ground.'
status  authenticity  simulacra  theadvertisedlife 
december 2009 by adamcrowe
Energy Bulletin -- Ordinary fears/extraordinary times: 55 (real) things to worry about (if you must…)
'#44. We will find ourselves with a lot less energy to pretend we’re someone we aren’t, and a lot less money to keep up that illusion.'
economics  recession  masks  authenticity  theadvertisedlife 
december 2009 by adamcrowe
Generation Bubble -- In Dubious Battle: Co-creation and the Coming Insurrection
Beneath the shutter shades, the fixed-gear bicycle! -- 'The revolution wasn’t supposed to be televised. The idea was that we would all unplug from all the administered culture that stupefied us and transform the world with spontaneous justice and generalized, self-evident righteousness. But instead of eschewing pop culture to wage political battles, many young people, as it turned out, delved ever deeper into it, convinced that it was their culture and they were, in some obscure way, guiding it. The route to power was not via opposition to the existing power structure but through mastery of the minutiae of art and music scenes. Everyday life would be changed by making it *cooler*.' -- 'Unfortunately for radical revolution, political and counter-cultural activists open-source innovators were most likely the sort of people the Invisible Committee were expecting to mount the insurrection [b]ut the Committee fail to grasp that entertainment and labor have been merged...'
*  hipsters  authenticity  narcissism  identity  multitude  immateriallabour  affectivelabour  surplusvalue  cocreation  precuperation  theadvertisedlife  status 
november 2009 by adamcrowe
Seeing Good -- 10 Reasons It’s Awesome People Don’t Like You
'#4. It teaches you to offer kindness and compassion without expectations. It’s not too difficult to offer someone compassion when they’ve treated you with respect and kindness. What’s more valuable for your development as a person, and to mankind as whole, is the ability to do what’s right because it’s right—not because you’ll get something in return.'
psychology  authenticity  compassion 
november 2009 by adamcrowe
Psychology Today -- George Carlin's Last Interview
'Maslow said the fully realized man does not identify with the local group. When I saw that I thought: bingo! I do not identify with the local group, I do not feel a part of it. I really have never felt like a participant, I’ve always felt like an observer. Always. I only identified this in retrospect, way after the fact, that I have been on the outside, and I don’t like being on the inside. I don’t like being in their world. I’ve never felt comfortable there; I don’t belong to that. ...things where you sacrifice your individual identity for the sake of a group, for the sake of the group mind. I’ve always felt different and outside. I think I have found an ideal emotional detachment from the American experience and culture and the human experience and culture and human choices. ...they say if you scratch a cynic, you find a disappointed idealist—that’s what’s underneath. I’m not an angry person, just very disappointed and contemptuous of my fellow humans’ choices.' -- ;^)
*  psychology  philosophy  GeorgeCarlin  identity  authenticity  groupthink  conformity  heteronomy  apathy  hypocrisy  scorn  cynicism  idealism  truth  comedy 
november 2009 by adamcrowe
Marginal Utility Annex -- Predictive search's black box, horizons of identity in social networks
'Web 2.0 platforms want to tell us what we want before we know we want it... Because these predictive systems aren't openly disclosed, we can't know if the ways in which they prescribe our identity are benign, in our best interests, or if they are producing subjects (and subjectivities) suitable for a system engineered to exploit them. -- "...there is no contradiction anymore between the marketing of user information and the subjective enrichment of users..." -- ...all transactions are deeply personalized and specific, and thus seem identity-validating. ...consumerism is now the inverse, hyperpersonal identity mongering, with the "unique identity" as the perpetual product being sold and resold to the same individual subject. Web 2.0 is letting us sell out before our authentic self even exists. Selling out becomes the prerequisite for having an authentic seeming self, validated by the predictive systems online and fixed in illusory flux of social networks.'
socialnetworking  socialmedia  consumerism  self  selfservers  identity  authenticity  subjectivity  circumscription  blackboxes  #specialization  theadvertisedlife 
november 2009 by adamcrowe
Generation Bubble -- Public Image Unlimited: Consumerism and Anonymity’s End (1)
'In order for consumption to be meaningful ... it must be publicized in some way. -- Kozinets notes that though Burning Man “has many similarities to a Disney theme park,” he found that — unlike at Disneyland, I would venture to say — “people indicated that they were constantly judging others in terms of the degree of their participation in the event” in order to identify outsiders to be derided as inauthentic. Of course, these poseur “tourists” serve to structure the authenticity of these self-appointed judges’ own participation, and by extension, their identity. Kozinets suggests that Burning Man participants’ “use of these passive, isolated consumer-as-dupe comparisons may point to the higher cultural capital” denoting the festival goers’ belonging to an “educated intelligentsia.” They engage in “building strong communal ties and using the ancient practice of vilifying the outsider.” Communal relations are indeed reestablished, by the palpable and immediate threat of exclusion.'
*  consumerism  authenticity  consumering  identity  selfservers  performance  signalling  masks  status  sharing  cults  immateriallabour  theadvertisedlife 
november 2009 by adamcrowe
Is Target ‘ripping off’ American Apparel?
'Just don’t know what belongs to who, and what type of ‘intellectual design property’ can really be owned. I feel like the Font Industry and the Music Industry are really similar. I think I expect to utilize fonts for free, much like I expect to listen to music for free. The person who creates a font is looking to ‘go mainstream’ by ‘getting included’ on tons of personal computing machines. This is the same thing that buzzbands need to try to accomplish. Fonts + Music can’t really ‘change the world’ but they can definitely be an under-appreciated element of ur every day life.'
HipsterRunoff  identity  authenticity  vernacular  design  designwank  typography  helvetica  utilitarianism  semiotics  branding 
november 2009 by adamcrowe
Are tweens too socially immature for twitter and/or fame and/or the internet?
'“I stopped living for moments and started living for people.” — Miley Cyrus, 2009 -- I was reading that popular tween sensation Miley Cyrus deactivated her twitter account. It will go down in history as the ‘most tragic’ internet suicide of all time, since she had over 2 million followers. I have read ‘doomsday articles’ that say this is ‘the end of twitter’, since tweeple now have role models who were ’strong enough’ to quit twitter. Instead of mimicking role models who are ‘twitter addicts’, tweens will now be more independent and mimmick role models who are ‘twitter quitters. A lifestream of text filled with 140 character statements just doesn’t give U enough room to BE U. It seems like maybe she turned to ’social media’ to try to replicate human relationships+interactions+socialspheres, but it was just this weird experience of ‘people looking at her.’ -- Just want my life 2 belong 2 me, but also want my life to make other people feel jealous/bored with their own existences.'
*  HipsterRunoff  identity  authenticity  privacy  socialmedia  behaviours  celebrity  fame  ambientintimacy  ambientexposure  twitter  statusupdates  sousveillance  backlash  teens  internet  amputation 
october 2009 by adamcrowe
The Onion -- College Freshman Cycles Rapidly Through Identities
'While students tend to experiment with various identities during their college years, Vanderkamp's peers said the accelerated pace of his process of self-discovery is alarming. Since the beginning of the fall term, Vanderkamp has aligned himself with no fewer than nine social groups, and has adopted a new wardrobe and a distinct set of speech patterns to accompany each identity.'
multitude  identity  authenticity  mimicry  reflexivity  teens 
october 2009 by adamcrowe
The Last Psychiatrist -- Jay-Z Gives Ten Reasons Why Pop Culture Authenticity Is Real Only If It's Fake On Purpose
'Jay-Z chooses to signal his authenticity not with authenticity, but with an already established symbol of authenticity: because otherwise, how would we know he was being authentic? His audience is regular people, black and white, for whom authentic isn't "being yourself" or "true to where you came from" because for those regular people, that would be unbearably boring. For them, authentic has to mean loyalty to the persona you made up. This video isn't about Jay-Z's authenticity, it's about letting you choose your own authenticity. That's the business smarts of Jay-Z. Brand it, make it seem elite, make it an aspirational product—but make it easily available, everywhere. Then—and this is the key—the consumer has to be able to show others that they've accessed it: that's the only way other people are going to know who they are pretending to be.' -- ("Non-conceptual, non-exceptional; Everybody's either crime-related or sexual." - O.C. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIj4RqH43GY)
hiphop  identity  authenticity  fake  status  branding  signalling  masks  psychology  theadvertisedlife 
september 2009 by adamcrowe
Hipster Runoff Exegesis -- "Is it still authentic to be ‘alt’?"
'Online sharing is in the porcess of reaching its logical endpoint, in which identities become collective, and watching/consuming another's youtube presence becomes equivalent with becoming that presence. The technological miracle of transubstantiation takes place via hosts (IP hosts) that connect us up to the great cloud computers. Our displaced identities cannot be fixed in any particular place, disembodied we emanate and manifest in many servers at once; online we are legion. Naturally our boundaries dissolve -- we become what we regard on our screens, that with which we interact. -- The growth we once might have perceived in our pursuit of the authentic self has no conceptual or ideological basis in a post-internet society. -- Alt means not alternative but alternation. What Carles points the way toward is the oscillating self, or the dissolution of subjectivity into the online hive mind, in which every avatar is another mask we can wear.'
HipsterRunoff  self  selfservers  hivemind  hive  multitude  identity  authenticity  masks  existentialism  theadvertisedlife 
august 2009 by adamcrowe
PopMatters -- “You’re Not Don Draper”
'...no matter how hard he tries to “move forward” in an act of will to redefine his identity, he can’t control the ways that others see and define him. -- Our actions affect our identity, yet identity is only effective insofar as it ties us to others, opening us up to social forces that no individual can fully master. In the end, Betty is right that even the most intimate performances of our life are done for the sake of an audience. Yet that doesn’t make them “only” performances; rather, it infinitely increases the stakes of the way we form and perform our identities. A meaningful identity comes not from forgetting all previous ties in an act of willful self-assertion but from respecting the ties identity creates, the demands for attention and care that it entails—or at least, if one can no longer live with those ties and demands, counting the costs of breaking with one’s identity and knowing that the damage can never be fully contained.'
madmen  masks  identity  authenticity  liminality  self  absolution  theamericandream 
august 2009 by adamcrowe
Carles Presents ‘IAmCarles.com’
'I have always wanted to be a designer. I believe that we can meaningfully impact the world by the not only the things that we own, but also the clothes that we wear. We live in a beautiful society which encourages tiered self-expression depending on your income. You can truly show the world who you are, and where you ‘fit in’ with society. Do u feel alone? The IAMCARLES.com brand is attempting to be similar to the HIPSTERRUNOFF.com brand. It wants u 2 feel like it ‘gets’ u. Carles wants to relate to you.'
HipsterRunoff  branding  identity  authenticity  designwank  theadvertisedlife  satire 
august 2009 by adamcrowe
Trying 2 understand what is ‘racism’ and what is ‘challenging the way that ppl think abt culture.’
'Think it is supposed to be ’self-aware commentary’ that only blacks can make, because only black ppl can critique their own culture. It really made me think. Kinda made me feel guilty about ‘getting my grind on’ post-ironically when I hear a ‘nasty-ass’ top 40 rap hit. Seems like rap is simple–they just sing about where they used to live (the streets), what they enjoy (stuff that rich ppl spend money on), and what feels good (pussie, fucking, dranking, smoking, etc.) Seems simple, but maybe African-Americans are trying to ‘rebrand’ now that Obama is in office. -- Sorta just wish I could watch vintage ‘racist memes’ and grin without thinking 2 much abt what they ‘mean.’ Just want to ‘go viral’ with my MexiBro. -- Barackisha, Obamaniqua, Unidastazovamerikaliqua.' -- LOLZ
HipsterRunoff  america  hiphop  popculture  identity  authenticity  names  racism!  satire  culture 
august 2009 by adamcrowe
Los Angeles Times -- Searching for 'Blair Witch' a decade later
'These guys were never heard from again -- but their promotional savvy lives on. Many at the early screenings believed that the film's novel premise -- three student filmmakers disappear in the woods while shooting a documentary about the legend of a local witch and their footage is found a year later -- contained some grain of truth. "The blurb on the poster said this was 'found footage,' and there was nothing in the marketing to lead you to believe it was anything but that." That perception was reinforced by the movie's clever website, launched before Sundance, which expanded the "Blair" lore with bogus news reports, historical timelines and video interviews. "Did the marketing overshadow the movie? Yeah, in some respects," "Blair" co-director Eduardo Sánchez says. "But since we created 90% of the marketing, I never had a problem with that."' -- Haha-hackers.
*  epistolary  storytelling  transmedia  authenticity  liminality  narrativeobjects  objects  simulacra  meta  blairwitch 
august 2009 by adamcrowe
EYE WEEKLY -- Welcome to Your Quarterlife Crisis
'Unrelenting indecision, isolation, confusion and anxiety about working, relationships and direction is reported by people in their mid-twenties to early thirties who are usually urban, middleclass and well-educated; those who should be able to capitalize on their youth, unparalleled freedom and free-for-all individuation. They can’t make any decisions, because they don’t know what they want, and they don’t know what they want because they don’t know who they are, and they don’t know who they are because they’re allowed to be anyone they want. Boomer and post-boom parents with more money and autonomy than their predecessors has resulted in benignly self-indulgent children who were sold on their own uniqueness, place in the world and right to fulfillment in a way no previous generation has felt entitled to, and an increasingly entrepreneurial, self-driven creation myth based on personal branding, social networking and untethered lifestyle spending is now responsible for our identities.'
psychology  lifestyle  identity  authenticity  individualism  entitlement  solipsism  theadvertisedlife 
august 2009 by adamcrowe
White People Must go to Extremes to make a Life Event ’seem meaningful.’
'Life is very hard for most white people, because they are ’so ordinary.’ Their expectations of ‘how things should feel’ are constructed by watching 80s, 90s, and 00s cinema. Mainly movies like bromances, romantic comedies, comedies, and miscellaneous ‘bad ass movies.’ They just need life to ’seem like a movie’ or something. Seems like average white people don’t understand the insignificance of who they are as ‘1 person’, and don’t accept that they are just part of a larger white mass. They fight against this feeling of ‘being ordinary’ by trying to construct meaningful moments that seem like they are ’straight out of a movie.’ Might start a blog about ‘things that average white people think are meaningful’/a documentation of ‘white ppls struggle’ and how ‘we’ as white ppl have had more hardships (psychologically) than most other races + ethnic groups.'
HipsterRunoff  authenticity  identity  reflexivity  theadvertisedlife 
july 2009 by adamcrowe
This is a metaphor abt growing older / ur innerchild being dead.
'Back in the day, I feel like I ‘genuinely like things’, not really making an active personal branding decision. As a kid, u do things like ‘watch the popular shows on a popular channel’, and ‘listen to popular music on popular radio stations’ without really understanding ‘why.’ U get the opportunity 2 connect with other kids abt ‘watching the same shit’, and u can connect, and think ‘damn. we have a lot in common.’ Used to do stuff like ‘play’, but now u have to ‘pay money to have a unique experience.’ Sad abt growing up, losing touch with my innerchild, experiencing things like ‘joy’ or smiling for a reason other than ‘laughing @ some1.’ Sad that most of my connxns are so inauthentic. Sad that I can’t enjoy things. Sad that whenever I ‘connect’ with some1, I just feel like a ‘nostalgic fggt.’
HipsterRunoff  authenticity  satire 
july 2009 by adamcrowe
Ribbonfarm -- Personal Brands, Identity and Perception Management
#5 Search for Authenticity: If you are smart, you realize that ‘authenticity’ is yet another archetypal persona that seduces you into a static self-conception. If not, you go down an obsolete path blazed by a stoned generation. #8 Skill: Some of your personas become increasingly comfortable to inhabit. You start noticing that you are now acting out the role so well that you are actually as good or better in those roles than people you previously considered “authentic” non-actors. This leads to the epiphany that everybody grows into roles this way. #11 Fluidity: Jumping among the set of point-like roles in the space of personas yields to continuous movement. You become aware of the gradual expansion of the space you can inhabit. It starts acquiring, through its growth, a shape and character. #12 Brandhood: The integrated, growing space which you can inhabit with fluidity starts acquiring an overall sum greater than the parts consistency, that has only one analogy: the notion of brand.'
existentialism  authenticity  identity  reflexivity  self  branding  perception  acting  masks  realityprogramming 
july 2009 by adamcrowe
Marginal Utility -- Clinging to our idiosyncrasy
'I know I have a tendency to cling to my sense of my own idiosyncrasy and take a peculiar pleasure in what I think it might prove about me, about my nonconformity, about my ability to resist manipulation, about my ability to transcend social norms and expectations and realize some higher originality. I’m into obscure music; I have a taste for difficult books; I don’t watch popular TV shows. But I think that my presumptions of uniqueness are probably what guarantee my overall insignificance—it keeps me motivated to remain deliberately apart, internally praising myself to the extent that other people don’t get me, thereby guaranteeing that I will only be happy with myself to the degree that I influence no one. I wonder if this attitude truly is personal idiosyncrasy or the product of late capitalist ideology. Isolating individuals in their presumed specialness is an effective way of rendering them vulnerable to marketing appeals, to consumerism generally.'
individualism  authenticity  precuperation 
july 2009 by adamcrowe
YouTube -- Michael Wesch: PdF2009 - The Machine is (Changing) Us
On media ecology and Postman's amusing ourselves to death. Quoting Henry Canbry, 1926: "What we are encountering is a panicky, an almost hysterical, attempt to escape from the deadly anonymity of modern life ... and the prime cause is not vanity ... but the craving of people who feel their personality sinking lower and lower into the whirl of indistinguishable atoms to be lost in mass civilization." -- That 'context collapse' makes people to want to discover an authentic self to perform authentically towards 'authentic causes' that reinforce the authenticity of the endlessly authenticating self? Dude needs to read some HRO.
self  identity  authenticity  youth  selfesteem  narcissism  sousveillance  reflexivity  performance  masks  ambientintimacy  media  McLuhan  themediumisthemassage  numb  theadvertisedlife  technoutopianism  via:charlesfrith 
july 2009 by adamcrowe
First Monday -- "You Looked Better on MySpace": Deception and authenticity on Web 2.0
On 'users’ criticism of a popular style of profile picture referred to as “MySpace Angles.” Reactions to this style of portraiture label the display of these photographs “deceptive,” alleging that MySpace Angles fool users into believing that the subject is more attractive than they actually are. ...the MySpace Angle commentary, revealing three main themes in users’ critique of MySpace Angles: 1) users who post these photographs are conforming to a social trend at the expense of their individuality; 2) the presentation of these photographs is narcissistic; and, 3) these photographs purposefully conceal the body. This case study displays a shift in the conception of deception online; on the social Web populated by SNSs, theories of deception and authenticity are called into question as users are increasingly anchored to their bodies and expected to effortlessly present an online self mirroring the offline self.' -- False advertising. Caveat emptor.
psychology  myspace  socialnetworking  socialmedia  behaviours  representation  avatars  body  appearance  identity  authenticity  self  performance  masks  shame  narcissism  photography  deception  virtuality  fake  theadvertisedlife 
july 2009 by adamcrowe
I want to reconnect with my country.
'Feels weird that my generation was ‘defined by 9/11.’ I feel like that was more of something that I felt ‘entitled to be affected by’ as opposed to something that ‘lit a fire under my ass/inspired me to unite for the greater good of my country. Feel like I ‘take everything 4 granted. I just want to fight in a war, and kill a foreigner. I want to take control of my life, and prove to this land that I was born in that I deserve to be a part of it. I don’t want to stand around indie rock festivals for the rest of my life. I think my life could be more meaningful if I saw the world, and also fought for the lives’ of millions of people. This 4th of July, I realized that I want America to go to war soon, so that I am not part of a generation defined by the internet + 9/11 + ’social networks.’ I want 2 die fighting in the Final_War_of_Mankind. This will be our legacy. This is the last chance our generation has to ‘rebrand’ itself. We must goto war before 2011.' -- (!!!)
*  HipsterRunoff  america  identity  authenticity  4thJuly  war  satire 
july 2009 by adamcrowe
BBC -- Newsnight: Has internet journalism come of age?
"In light of the explosion of citizen journalism in Iran, Jeremy Paxman asks Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post and Anne McElvoy of the Evening Standard if internet journalism has come of age." -- Really good interview
iranelection  realtime  news  journalism  crowdsourcing  collectiveintelligence  authenticity  editing 
july 2009 by adamcrowe
Max Keiser -- If Iraq Was Main Stream Media's Failure, Will Iran Be Social Network Media's Failure?
'"Some critics of our coverage during that time have focused blame on individual tweeters. Our examination, however, indicates that the problem was more complicated. Bloggers at several levels who should have been challenging twitterers and pressing for more skepticism were perhaps too intent on rushing scoops onto the homepage. Accounts of Iranian protesters were not always weighed against their strong desire to have Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ousted. Tweets based on dire claims about Iran tended to get prominent homepage display, while follow-up tweets (and on the ground articles) that called the original tweets into question were sometimes buried. In some cases, there was no follow-up at all." -- ...a healthy democracy needs also to have a dispassionate journalism that is able to question the motives of sources....even when that leads to discovery of information that is terribly inconvenient to our own assumptions or to the geo-politcal outcomes we as individuals may desire.'
journalism  news  authenticity  reality  iranelection  MaxKeiser 
june 2009 by adamcrowe
Hipster Runoff Exegesis -- 23 June 2009: "Who is the more authentic victim of violence?"
"By conflating the murder of an Iranian protester with the assault of a onetime independent celebrity gossipmonger, Carles suggests that without institutions determining what should be considered significant -- a bureau of newsification, perhaps -- a dangerous flattening of all events into trivia ensues... Everything and nothing becomes worthy of our limited attention; left to our own devices we try to generate parameters for what to comprehend, but these are doomed to be woefully inadequate, generally misguided, hopelessly skewed by our desire to flatter or distract ourselves."
celebrity  news  authenticity  fame 
june 2009 by adamcrowe
Who is the more authentic victim of violence?
"Feel like the downside of ’social media’ is that u can’t really tell what is important, and what is just a meme, since it is on the internet. It’s kinda weird how news is becoming like indie music–we can’t tell the difference between ‘whatz hyped’ and ‘what is actually important/relevant.’ Feel like there’s a huge burden on me to sort through this kind of stuff, and I’m not sure if I’m prepared for it. h8 technology. Who is the more authentic victim of violence?"
celebrity  news  authenticity  fame 
june 2009 by adamcrowe
Hipster Runoff Exegesis -- 7 June 2009: "I wish I could go back to high school and re-brand myself."
'We tend to imagine that a time existed when our consciousness was pure and untainted by cultural strictures and expectations; Carles suggests that for most of us, that time is adolescence, when we learn the painful art of compromise and confront the reality that we frequently don't subscribe to our own ideals, which in themselves often prove not to be our own but some else's idea of what constitutes the good. "Back in high school, there was no such thing as ‘authenticity’ because everything ‘just was.’ U could be bold, and u could ‘feel things.’ U could do drugs/drink for the first time, and be convinced that no1 had ever felt this way before." Only with age do we recognize our own unique experience is actually second-hand, that our creative impulses and insights are hand-me-downs. The condition of postmodernity is such that these past feelings are suddenly invalidated by their lack of originality; we efface our own past when we deduce that it was not sui generis.'
HipsterRunoff  nostalgia  memory  authenticity  individualism  existentialism 
june 2009 by adamcrowe
Should I buy clothes designed by the lead singer of Oasis? [via Gen X]
"He also made some sort of promo video for the clothing line, where he talks about how authentic it is, and how it is ‘all stuff he would actually wear.’ I feel like it comes across like some sort of parody of himself, as played by Ben Stiller in 2001, but I think British people ‘actually see the world like this’, which is why they are into things like soccer clubs, Ricky Hatton, and Oasis. I think that British people only know how to ‘be into something’ that they like by treating it like it is a soccer team. They like to get drunk and sing, and ’see what happens’ [via violence]. Just wish the entire world had the same definition of ‘cool.’ Feel like British people enjoy weird stuff for some reason. Like they grew up thinking that ur supposed to appreciate some gritty aesthetic. I think maybe cuz it is s0 rainy over there." -- Fookin' poof
HipsterRunoff  british  realism  authenticity  satire 
june 2009 by adamcrowe
Have yall heard of the popular video game band ‘The Beatles’?
"Maybe this is why our parents loved the Beatles so much. Maybe they knew that their songs would last 4ever, eventually ending up in some ’sweet ass’ video game that ‘doesn’t promote musicianship’, ‘the spirit of music’, but primarily highlights the fact that bands are ‘brands’ which ‘create art’ that can be protected and licensed out whenever u need some more money. Feel like it’s hard for young people to ‘authentically enjoy music’ because we enjoy aligning ourselves’ with brands and criticism more than any of the ‘more organic’ elements of music. I don’t think that is ‘a bad thing’ but feel like it turns good artists into a ‘hokey experience’ when ‘too many ppl start 2 suck their dicks.’ Like a concert will become a high priced show where people ‘act the way that they think they are supposed to act. Do u think that these music games are ‘fucking ghey’?’ Would u rather ‘jerk off’ for 3 hours than ‘get good at playing fake instruments’?" -- HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HipsterRunoff  guitarhero  popculture  authenticity  simulacra  fake  theadvertisedlife  culture  satire 
june 2009 by adamcrowe
Say Everything -- Chapter One: Putting Everything Out There [Justin Hall]
"I published my life on the fucking internet. And it doesn’t make people wanna be with me. It makes people not trust me. And I don’t know what the fuck to do about it." -- “It was like Justin was maintaining a celebrity gossip blog about himself. Who needs that kind of cruelty in their lives?” -- 'In 1994, Justin Hall invented oversharing ...no one knew that the self-revelation he found so addictive would one day become a temptation for millions. -- the transition we’re living through today.. The struggle to draw a line between the self and the world isn’t some novelty imposed on us by technology; it’s part of human development—an effort we all face from the moment our infant selves begin to notice there’s a world out there, beyond our bodies. The Web has just made the process of drawing this line more nettlesome. In the end we’re each going to find the compromise between sharing and discretion that’s right for ourselves. If we’re lucky, it will take less than the decade it took Hall.'
*  internet  history  bbs  linklogging  blogging  oversharing  behaviours  selfservers  celebrity  identity  narcissism  solipsism  intimacy  ambientintimacy  ambientexposure  relationships  transparency  authenticity  missing  psychology  JustinHall  books  fame  sousveillance 
may 2009 by adamcrowe
Marginal Utility -- Sundry music-related matters
'Hoffer regards the rise of mass movements as the almost inevitable consequence of widespread mediocrity coupled with the unreasonable expectations that democracy generates for the common person. “Unless a man has the talents to make something of himself, freedom is an irksome burden. We join a mass movement to escape individual responsibility, or, in the words of one ardent young Nazi, ‘to be free from freedom.’ “ Democratic ideology leaves the impression that all men are equal, whereas it has the effect of making one’s place in the irrepressible hierarchies in society seem entirely the individual’s fault. Thus the frustrated people in a capitalist democracy “want to eliminate free competition and the ruthless testing to which the individual is continually subjected in a free society.” ... consumerism can reduce freedom to a burden of perpetual self-redefinition... But the symbol shouldn’t be mistaken for the person behind that facade, who is most likely feeling the same way.'
*  hipsters  consumering  culture  authenticity  identity  freedom  precuperation  theadvertisedlife  cults 
may 2009 by adamcrowe
Always just trying 2 b authentic.
"I am just trying to create an authentic life for myself. I am just trying to fill up my apartment with meaningful items. I am just trying to create authentic art. I am just collecting some cameras from different eras. I am just enjoying a beer, relaxing. I am just collecting old magazines with pictures of nature/old stuff. I am just mashing up genres of music. I am just sitting on my authentic couch. I am just going buy some used books later that look ‘old’ and ‘historically relevant’. I am just going to buy some humble shoes." -- Haha!
HipsterRunoff  narrativeobjects  objects  curation  identity  authenticity  satire 
may 2009 by adamcrowe
New York Music -- Hipster Runoff Explained (Maybe)
Carles: 'I generally feel "ashamed" that I am "part of humanity" who is "searching for something meaningful." (Not ashamed of humanity like I want to go on a school-shooting spree-more like I have been trained to think that my life is more inherently meaningful than every one else's.) Or like maybe I am "ashamed" that I bought the Matchbox 20/Third Eye Blind albums when I was a kid. And maybe I am "ashamed" of myself for having that in common with all of the other kids who were growing up at the time. And I might be "ashamed" that I found that meaningful. While I did listen to the AnCo song "Visiting Friends" on a winter drive with a group of people whom I love, maybe I am "uncomfortable"/"ashamed" with that meaning something. But then I kind of look back on my life as a consumer, and Amazon.com will recommend new purchases for me to create more meaningful experiences/my identity based upon previous purchases.' -- So Andy [via Warhola]
HipsterRunoff  interviews  authenticity  identity  narrativeobjects  objects  theadvertisedlife 
may 2009 by adamcrowe
Guardian -- I'm not a Pollyanna by Carrie Quinlan
'When the crappier bits of life are ­considered more real than the joyful bits, everyone is cheated. Happy people's happiness gets undermined and, tragically, sad people's sadness gets termed acceptable. The problem is that implying to people who have tough lives that those lives are more real or natural than those of people with an easier time is a tacit way of opting out of helping. "You may be struggling to make ends meet, getting punched by your partner and having racist abuse screamed at you, but at least your life's real." It's not a massive leap forward from, "You'll get your reward in heaven". Here's a suggestion. Why don't we use as our starting point the notion that people are generally a good thing, noble and willing to improve themselves and their communities, and find ways to help everyone do that.'
relativism  cynicism  nihilism  realism  authenticity  reality  real  objectivism  reflexivity  consequence  empathy  philosophy  civility  happiness 
may 2009 by adamcrowe
My job/career does not align with my true personal brand. [Generation Y and the mainstream workplace]
"It was as if there is this other form of ‘authenticity’ that I didn’t even know about that has nothing to do with the arts. I feel like there is ’something wrong with me.’ I feel like my ‘alt’ perspectives might have crippled me forever. I feel like my ‘global perspectives’ and the required 2-year core courses at my university made me ‘know too much’ about life, and possibly enabled me to think that ‘nothing matters.’ I feel trapped. I feel like I just wish I really knew a lot about computers, and could have just designed CollegeHumor/vimeo/twitter, or something. I sort of just wish I could have a job where I am ‘paid to have opinions on things that seem important’, and make me feel like I am ‘behind the scenes’ in important decisions regarding meaningful brands. I feel worried. I feel like there is a ‘real world’ that I have always told myself that I will be able to transcend, but it might have just been a gimmick." -- :*(
*  HipsterRunoff  work  existentialism  nihilism  identity  authenticity  immateriallabour  entitlement  theadvertisedlife  satire 
may 2009 by adamcrowe
Happy Mother’s Day — Is Ur Mom THE ULTIMATE BRO?
"I want you to feel proud of me for living an authentic life. I want you to understand WHY I am different than every1 else. I want you to understand that I won’t ‘achieve’ anything ’special’ in my lifetime, but I want you to ‘get’ why ‘that kind of stuff doesn’t matter to me’ and how my perspective on life ‘lessens pressure/expectations’ when it comes to ‘accomplishing’ stuff and letting things ‘be meaningful.’ I want u to ‘get’ my humor and snarkie perspective on the world. U r my best bro, but I think we can become even more bro-like in the future. I love you, MomBro."
HipsterRunoff  authenticity  relationships  satire 
may 2009 by adamcrowe
I am an Uncertain Bro.
"I want 2 be happie, but I don’t even know how 2 do that. I want 2 be in a meaningful relationship, but I also want 2 cum with as many ppl as possible 2 feel attractive. I want 2 be intelligent, but I also want to know a lot about ‘dumb shit.’ I want 2 be in a meaningful city, but I don’t know which 1. I want to be a part of something bigger than myself. I want 2 party, but I want to do something that changes the way that millions of ppl think/makes their lives’ better. I want to cure the swine flu. I want to invent something. I want to be an architect and designer. I want to play in the NBA Finals. I want to be the first African American President of the United States of America." -- LOL
HipsterRunoff  authenticity  identity  purpose  satire 
may 2009 by adamcrowe
Might become a ‘Super Fan’ of a popular movie franchise 4 the rest of my life.
"Is it ‘alt’ to go to the movies to see mainstream summer blockbusters? Feel like people who ‘go to the movies’ and ‘build their weekly schedules around television shows’ make me sad, because they represent how people don’t have any thing 2 do, so we just have 2 waste time watching things 2 keep us from thinking about how sad we all are on the inside. Sort of prefer ‘wasting time on the internet’ because we are all trying to get vulnerable and ’show the world who we are.’ It makes me feel sad when people outsource their personal brands to ‘fictional tales.’"
HipsterRunoff  authenticity  identity  fandom  satire 
may 2009 by adamcrowe
Need yalls help
"Feeling really ‘irrelevant’ right now. Can yall send me pix of yall that remind me who the ‘real people’ who read my blog are? Not even sure if people read ‘this stupid site’ any more. Think I might turn it into some sort of ‘re-branding’/'marketing’ campaign. Not even sure who reads this n e more. Feeling down. Not sure why I even blog n e more. ‘Who am I? What do I believe in?’ -a tween trying 2 find out who he is"
HipsterRunoff  attention  identity  authenticity  satire 
may 2009 by adamcrowe
Marginal Utility -- A hipster lost generation
'“Hipsterism,” is more a fear of irrelevance or phoniness than it is an aesthetic one would purposely adopt. It is the shadow that passes over us when we begin to tentatively plan to do something unconventional, the chill that tells us that maybe it would be safer to do nothing rather than become one of them, trying for cool but failing. That is to say, “hipsterism” is the term for that sinking feeling that cool is at stake in any endeavor, and that nothing can be pursued for its own sake anymore. Of course that is not true, but it often feels like it is, and the image of a stereotype arriviste hipster is there to personify that feeling. And the final twist is that once we begin to fear becoming hipsters, begin thinking primarily about the way what we are doing will be perceived by others who somehow can see through us to the roots of our motivations, we become at that very moment hipsters ourselves.'
hipsters  consumering  sousveillance  self  masks  authenticity  cool  identity  transparency  precuperation  circumscription  realityprogramming  phony  fake  theadvertisedlife 
april 2009 by adamcrowe
CARLES HAS DIED / CARLES IS RISEN / CARLES WILL COME AGAIN
'I’m back, yall! It’s me–Carles. Let’s learn 2 meme again. We’ve both made a lot of mistakes' -- Comment: Pyry: 'Jesus may or may not have died for our sins. What did Carls die for? I say mnstrmism. Justice designing Coke bottles and remixing U2, AnCo being featured on MTV blogger’s top list and so on. And so Carls who has never been one bit mnstrm died for the mnstrmism of the others. Now nobody who believes in Carls won’t ever be mnstrm again.'
HipsterRunoff  authenticity  satire 
april 2009 by adamcrowe
Hipster Runoff Exegesis -- "everything has a natural life" and "hey guys. i’m jeff. the new blogger for hipsterrunoff.com"
'These posts are about fatal strategies. Baudrillard advocated a sort of nihilistic indulgence in place of perpetual resistance, and Carles has decided to dabble in this sort of paradoxico-ironical epistemology. Chasing authenticity is the guarantee it will never be achieved. But as Baudrillard advocates, "We will not be looking for change, and will not oppose the fixed to the mobile; we will look for the more mobile than mobile: metamorphosis." The only escape from the strictures of identity and authenticity is to present an entire new identity; schizophrenia, as Deleuze and Guittari had suggested in Anti-Oedipus, becomes the inevitable response to the structural necessity of capitalism to fashion a lack in the midst of excess. ... when humans are reconceptualized as desiring machines and retro fitted with cloud-computing-derived extensibility and perpetuity? Is Jeff the first rain from that cloud? Are we all to expect to see Jeff in our mirrors, some unsuspecting morning?'
HipsterRunoff  authenticity  nihilism  consumering  identity  schizophrenia  multitude  self  selfservers 
april 2009 by adamcrowe
Feeling sad that altbros got violent at the G20 Summit protests
"Heard that there was some sort of economic and global rights summit for all of the world’s most important leaders in the world to ‘talk about important stuff’, kinda like when tweens have a sleepover. Apparently, there were ‘protesters’ who wanted these leaders to know that ’shit was fucked’, so they ‘got all violent’ to ‘make a scene’ and ‘make sure that their voices were heard’. It was kinda like they were simulating ‘anarchy’, or other concepts from punk music. Not sure if I identify with them. Feel sort of resigned to not being in control of global policies. Do yall ‘believe’ in anything? Or do yall just like 2 go to events with a lot of people because ‘chaos might happen.’ -- ‘we believe in something, yall. gotta update my fb status 2 tell people i’m chillin somewhere ‘relevant’ on a global scale.’ -- ‘gotta take some kewl pix for my flickr account. might live tweet about how ‘bad ass’ this ’shit’ is.’ -- ‘feel angry about society and my parents.’ -- LOL
HipsterRunoff  identity  authenticity  protest  cynicism  nihilism  apathy  satire 
april 2009 by adamcrowe
everything has a natural life
"Afraid. Afraid of losing everything. Afraid of my site ‘dying.’ Afraid of losing sight of ‘what’s important in life.’ Scared of who I am finding out I amIs the internet ‘my prison.’ Not sure if I have a healthy sense of self [via the internet]"
HipsterRunoff  authenticity  self  existentialism  satire 
april 2009 by adamcrowe
Wired -- The Messy Future of Memory-Editing Drugs
'It might not be long before memories are pharmaceutically targeted, just as moods are now. #Sandberg: People are more worried about deletion [than adding memories]. We have a preoccupation with amnesia, and are more fearful of losing something than adding falsehoods. The problem is that it's the falsehoods that really mess you up. If you don't know something, you can look it up, remedy your lack of information. But if you believe something falsely, that might make you act much more erroneously. You can imagine someone modifying their memories of war to make them look less cowardly and more brave. Now they'll think they're a brave person. At that point, you end up with the interesting question of whether, in a crisis situation, they would now be brave. We can't trust our memories. But on the other hand, our memories are the basis for most of our decisions. We take it as a given that we can trust them, which is problematic. We have authentic fake memories, in a sense.'
psychology  drugs  memory  editing  experience  authenticity  self  perception  realityprogramming  reality  virtuality  fake  illusion  delusion  simulation  philosophy 
april 2009 by adamcrowe
PSFK: Good Ideas Salons -- Video: Good Ideas In Digital, NYC
Really nice thoughts on 'multitude' identities, authenticity, plausible deniability (burying bad news/negative impressions about yourself online), and from a branding pov, the long-term value of the trust that comes from allowing an audience and employees to collaboratively break the 'fourth wall of business.'
identity  multitude  self  sousveillance  plausibledeniability  authenticity  branding  socialmedia  socialproduction  transparency  fourthwall  masks  via:courtneykuehn 
april 2009 by adamcrowe
Hipster Runoff Exegesis -- 19 February 2009: "H4X0R3D - fuck hipster runoff i hacked this blog. readers of this blog are idiot lemmings"
"Carles adopts an alterego diametrically opposed to the persona he has created for lingustical-philosophical-cultural space of HRO in an effort to problematize the identity that has been constructed therein and which perhaps has begun to deconstruct his subjectivity outside of the delineations of that space. Though Carles writes HRO, there is clearly a sense that it has begun to write him... The audience is blamed for the commercialization of expression, as if the terms of any kind of communication exchange have been ineradicably infected by commercial exchange, which no structures all efforts at reciprocity. The pseudo-Carles challenges the notion of creative consumption and derides a culture transfixed with surfaces... by adopting this new persona, Carles tries to demonstrate the manner in which identity itself is surface." -- dutr
*  HipsterRunoff  trolling  criticism  popculture  socialnetworking  socialmedia  behaviours  backlash  seif  egoism  narcissism  identity  authenticity  theadvertisedlife  quotes  reflexivity  satire  culture 
march 2009 by adamcrowe
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