Why is the only solution to the anesthetizing fallacy produced on social media to GO OFFLINE? It has become such a tacit reaction to this rapidly mutating issue that we have lost sight of the potential these platforms hold for rebuilding authentic social bonds.
In a time when community structures and cultural authorities are being dismantled and privatised at an alarming rate, it’s no wonder we go online to post a selfie or talk about a stupid meme that we derive a sense of recognition from.
However AS YOU READ THIS online behavior is buckling. Erupting into spew that is either undeniably contrived and sponsored or soaked in digital faux pas of the user who doesn’t know how to adapt to the fluctuating attitudes of social platforms or is simply giving up.
The time has come to shift the focus from the individual user’s level of engagement to foundation infrastructure of these all encompassing networks. RIP OUT THE OLD PLUMBING BECAUSE THE TOILET IS OVERFLOWING AND FLOODING THE GODDAMN BATHROOM.
Introducing Internet Rehab. How can injecting reflective practice into the way we engage with social media start the healing we need to develop a more deliberate and authentic relationship with this technology. What you will find in this space is a mix of cognitive behavioral exercises and grounding techniques you can use to circumvent the traditional architecture of social media platforms.
Ideally the scenarios developed in the course of this investigation will establish the groundwork of an alternative social media interface. A social media interface that challenges you to ask what’s behind that selfie, how does consuming this information make me feel, is it necessary to share this experience, or simply what do we owe one another when interacting on the internet.
By not confronting this impasse with urgency we run the risk of sitting on the sidelines, watching the grotesque act of social media cannibalizing itself.
All the information you provide by participating in these excercises is safe and will only be contributing to the action research testing for my MA Thesis at Central Saint Martins.
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