Corollary to my post yesterday, I do feel that my being online the whole time contributes a whole lot to what I’m feeling as of late. I think being on social media in these times has a way of compounding a lot of the noise and the vitriol, and it doesn’t necessarily make us more social, but resentful and vindictive.
The following article doesn’t necessarily point to my feelings above–it talks more about competition and individualism–but it has a bit about how television in fact aggravates feelings of loneliness (though more because of unrealistic aspirations set by media), but I think there’s a parallelism to be drawn for the Internet bubble I was talking about.
Yes, factories have closed, people travel by car instead of buses, use YouTube rather than the cinema. But these shifts alone fail to explain the speed of our social collapse. These structural changes have been accompanied by a life-denying ideology, which enforces and celebrates our social isolation. The war of every man against every man – competition and individualism, in other words – is the religion of our time, justified by a mythology of lone rangers, sole traders, self-starters, self-made men and women, going it alone. For the most social of creatures, who cannot prosper without love, there is no such thing as society, only heroic individualism. What counts is to win. The rest is collateral damage.
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Before publishing this entry, I saw that the quoted article links to another one which focuses on how the Internet contributes to loneliness, but again, the conclusion is more about how one compares oneself to an online brand or personality, whose glossy version of themselves may not necessarily reflect real life.