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these days all feel like limbo

we’re in a strange, late-stage Emperor Has No Clothes moment, but it’s basically about the media. all of these absurd stories about billionaires in space and tent cities on the ground yet nothing about how we do anything—include reporting the news—has changed.

i tend to think the media is so relieved trump is gone that they just don’t give a shit about anything else, including the fact that acting like he never existed has only provided the last nail in the coffin for a completely failed state of journalism in america.

people in the united states have convinced themselves that living in a competition for roles to support this terrible machine is the way our society should move forward. i can’t imagine having a kid in this country now, the way our culture is built to thwart imagination and control creativity.

reporters by trade aren’t supposed to show emotion, but like, we’re literally telling one another, repeatedly, that we’re all about to die, completely deadpan. that’s some actually funny shit.

giannis really dropped 50/14 with 5 blocks to win a title, hugged his family & then while literally everyone within 50 square miles wanted a piece of him, to hear a single word, he went to sit alone & cry, what a way to end the season

i think the most dangerous part of silicon valley solutionism is in temporary languages. social media tends to be based in an established language: twitter had writing, instagram photography, tiktok has video. the apps start by doing one thing, and then expand from there.

however, in a ‘greater scheme of things’ context, what this really creates is a vacuum where the same sentiments can be expressed repeatedly without having any real-world consequences. cause and effect, but without the effect.

throughout the social media evolution, at least in the united states, only the occupy wall street protests temporarily shifted the notion of what protesting was in the US. (while the recent black lives matter protests have been more extreme, they are nothing new from a tactical standpoint.) with occupy, the state didn’t know what to do, the media didn’t know how to report, and so people actually paid attention.

what we see now on social media is almost the opposite: the endlessness of disjointed demands with no central thesis or action to speak of. it’s a bunch of dominoes, still packed together tightly in a box. if anything, the repetition from one system of language to the next only dilutes the integrity of ‘opposition voices’ in western media, as they appear to be more clout-chasing than ardently working toward any actual change.

so of course no leftist sentiment will be taken seriously, especially after bernie lost in 2020. there will be small wins in local government, and it will be these changes that, for now, matter most. because online has been fully consumed by a spectacle, and like everything else in the US, has such fervent actors that being a part of it passively isn’t really possible anymore.

but, the people who perpetuate this are the nucleus of the last great hope of the American economy, and neoliberalism has little to no care for ideologies to the left of its own. so this shithole media sphere of paid pundits and revisionist history will be the facade of this country for the next generation. it’s a grim fucking future.

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Colin Smith is an artist and art director based in Los Angeles. His interdisciplinary practice focuses on methods of assembly to represent human nature and its relationship to media, language, time, and systems of control.

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