corpsey playing hard to get again... i'm not getting sucked in though! come and join us when you feel ready.
golden rule of dissensus is to make a space for yourself in every thread. all this theory isn't my cup of tea, so i introduce my areas of expertise into the mix; migos and wanking. likewise you've got to come in with your own perspective (adam buxton being your best friend is endemic of the internet age, yeats, watching girls aloud on your vr headset). before you know it these ostensibly disparate ideas and perspectives will coalesce into something magnificent. a unified field theory of dissensus.
Ah this has reminded me of something I was meaning to mentionTaken a while to read all of this but I've been thinking about this from a different angle - the dematerialised self who becomes so subsumed by their online self that they no longer function in the real world. I have a friend who has become convinced that her tweets are being read by all the 'famous' people that she follows and that they are talking about her, she feels that she is having a significant impact on these people, as if she has a relationship with them which she doesn't but she is projecting her desires on to that space - yes, this is some form of paranoid delusion but its clearly exacerbated but the ability to become something other, something virtual, In many ways she exists more inside the net than she does outside of it. It's been bothering me a lot recently. I don't know if this adds anything - I suppose maybe the internet just gives us a new way to become insane.
well, the internet era has repeatedly changed society by thrusting behaviour that would once have been thought of as at minimum sad, but also borderline mentally ill, into the mainstream (again why I enjoyed The Circle). Leo's example of obsessively counting/tracking Facebook or Twitter followers is a good low-key example to start with. The borders of sanity are entirely malleable, never more so than today.But then the thought extending from that to the topic of the thread - what is the relationship between dematerialisation tendencies and mental illness?
I read the one that ran with Pynchon's "Yoyodyne" recently, the section on Sputnik is brilliant and kind of ties in with the earlier thing about man externalising himself via technology.now customary plug for my friends virtuoso essay (in 3 parts) on Mcluhan. The best writing on his work that you will find.
The reverse of this seems to be happening in Brazil. Bolsonaro has a colossal social media following and it actually seems to have translated into votes as he's just won the first-round.this is akin to some progressives here who feel they are making great strides because their candidate of choice has twice as many twitter followers or facebook likes compared to their conventional conservative opponent...who then goes on to trounce the progressive candidate with an old-school ground game. the illusion that cyber counts for more than it does in the real world.