Forging a future by identifying potential emergent -cores might be the wetwork required to point ourselves away from the culture-creation structure that exists today, a structure which necessitates foresight to successfully participate, which necessitates hyper-awareness of everything at once, but also dissociation from that everything, the knowledge that that everything could become a nothing.
Something should be clarified: there is nothing emancipatory about bottom-up social willing-believing. Bottom-up social willing-believing cannot change qualitative superstructural reality. These attempted movements will be captured and disavowed by pre-existing power-structures, or as Adorno said better, “the administered world has the tendency to strangle all spontaneity, or at least channel it into pseudo-activities” (292). Bottom-up social willing-believing is not some line-of-flight for aesthetic escape or left-accelerationist redistribution of power or obscurist Foucauldian liberation politics. It is rolling a D20 and hoping you get a critical hit when you know you’ll probably get a sub-10 roll. Then rolling again and hoping you get another perfect 20. And again… and again… and again….. Get used to losing. But even gamblers in massive debt find their way back into casinos…
It raises the possibility of a kind of bottom-up social willing as opposed to a top-down sort like with Trump. If someone manages to get enough retweets of some Tweet with a social premise that's technically false, who's to say it's false any longer once it gains traction?
Friedberg, who has studied the movement deeply, says he believes it is “absolutely” too late for mainstream social-media platforms to stop QAnon, although there are some things they could do to, say, limit its adherents' ability to evangelize on Twitter.
that inquiry could be something undertaken in a collective, mutually beneficial way, are notions most would never even bother to entertain. The entire public sphere has been reduced to a giant comment section.
What dosing culture manages, as a total cultural system, is to replace older forms of aesthetic engagement, even the relatively superficial ones of analog mass culture, with a total psychotic system, a constant flow of undigested objects, an inescapable, claustrophobic loop of integration.
The symptoms are numerous: the sense of timelessness and lack of development; the transition from boredom to manic activity, or in some cases their combination in a single activity; the suffusion of consciousness with a sense of sterility and stasis despite the constant flow of new content; the constant sense of distraction or pseudo-engagement—all these qualities articulate the general sense of a culture that is cut off from our inner depths even as it manages to dominate consciousness, insinuating itself into daily behavior, prevalent attitudes and mental functioning during our free time and at work.