how the internet has affected the human psyche is anyone’s guess for now, but i have to imagine that for a group of us born between 1975 and 1995, the internet added an existential burden. like, it was this group—a bit of gen x, a bit of the millennials, and a few in between—that saw the internet before it was moneyed, around the time the USA peaking and calling it a joke. for a few brief years there, the world online felt truly revelatory & full of potential. now it’s facebook and nazis.
what i mean is, for a segment of the population, we’re watching two realities die at once. late capitalism came home to roost in the united states as global warming consumes the earth, while the internet has gone from the most concentrated source of human potential ever to a giant mall. go outside and the world is on fire, go inside and google tracks everything you do. not only has there been no stable concept of how to exist for any significant length of time since the late ’90s, but all options are going to hell anyway so there is very little apparent reason to give a damn.
there’s absolutely no way the technological acceleration and shift to a digital social environment hasn’t rewired humanity in some way (that is probably ongoing). we’re just seeing the beginnings of it, which is probably just adding to why nothing matters these days. shit gets exhausting.