When you have platforms that are only meant to be performative, that’s what will happen
In a now-deleted TikTok, a young woman stares at the camera and laments her Hot Girl Summer led to (naturally, I would add) a “Traumatized Girl Fall.”
Those who can’t spur the mind to wander will prefer to fixate and hypnotize it. The convergence of the entertainment industry with moral outrage signaling is no coincidence: both entertainment and outrage are forms of hypnosis, similar tactics to capture the mind where it should be set free.
how much of what you do is performative, with the intent for others to see?
how much of what you do is born from genuine desire, so much so that no one has to be a witness to it outside of yourself?
In other words, the world as we know it is apparently ending in such a gentle way that the most basic economic, technological, and communicative infrastructures of our civilization are puttering along nicely. If you’re someone who is not predisposed to think that the world is ending, and people are flailing their arms and pointing at a society that seems to be functioning very similarly to how it always has, wouldn’t you just tune out all the doomsaying? You can’t keep ringing the bell over and over again.