What these anxious influencers need is help, help from people who are not also trying to squeeze every last dollar out of them. Lindsay proposed that TikTok and other social media platforms provide therapy for struggling creators, which seems like a viable and promising possibility, however dystopian the idea of a company creating so many mental health problems that they then must directly fix them.
Other reasons for parasocial interaction might be more self-serving. Purchasing something a creator claims to use gets an audience member from enjoying an influencer to emulating them; adopting the life of someone you admire is just a purchase away. We're in a time where everything is for sale and creators are continuously finding new ways to monetize, including platforms like NewNew that lets fans control creators, exerting their will over their lives, deciding on both arbitrary and significant life decisions. Some creators are willing to make the trade.
When you next see a woman who you admire, know that any public information she is sharing with you will likely come at a cost that she will pay later down the line.
After Apple revised its cloud gaming policies, The Verge wrote “Arguing over whether Apple’s guidelines did or didn’t include a thing is kind of pointless, though, because Apple has ultimate authority. The company can interpret the guidelines however it chooses, enforce them when it wants, and change them at will.” This is not the right foundation for the future.
There is no real third competitor, and more broadly, it’s not clear what could convince an iPhone user to leave for Android or this mythical runner-up to the runner-up.
A hotel room is a space without accumulation. Home is anti-novelty, the thing that accumulates, the growing record, coming back to the same place each day. This gathering of dust and stains is another reason that couches are also sometimes used as a shorthand for talking about the way marriages get stale and the way love rusts without use or polishing, the way a relationship can become a process of taking-for-granted.