Every now and then I like to watch some television rather than lounging out at the computer, usually to watch some of the reality shows on Bravo like Project Runway or Top Chef, and Desperate Housewives… it’s kind of a guilty pleasure. Today I’m watching the Tyra show and she had a special about kid youtube celebrities and it’s like, I stopped watching tv so many years ago frequently because the way the american culture was heading was disgusting me in a lot of ways. But the thing is, now when I occasionally watch, I get caught up with these ‘disgusting’ things and upon my face is a baffled incomprehension as I witness these these things. Tyra had a bunch of 6 year olds on, one of them was a kid who was filmed while he was fucked up on drugs after a dentist appointment, another a girl who narrated cat pictures and the last a boy who was good at dancing. All of the kids had gotten a ridiculous amount of views and comments on youtube. A quote by Kurt Vonnegut often comes to mind that “the computer is now becoming for us.”
In america’s society now there are now all kinds of deep rooted cultures and niches and complexes that have formed between the boom of social networking. It’s still so weird to me and really I never wanted to accept it, but it is becoming so ingrained now that it has become grating to ignore or despise, at least for me. We’re now living in a “peep culture” which characterizes all the stalking and youtube celebritism and projecting our independence upon the world for others to see. The middle class world has become a clusterfuck of peeping where new social connections have been enabled and people are taking advantage of this new technology.
Overall, I feel jaded and disgruntled at the state of this culture. But at the same time I have been slipped into its nurturing wing, with a healthy share of ignorance. I wonder what I should do in this era, and I’m still not sure. The peep culture has opened itss heart innocently and it’s a mess inside. Surely there is a new quadrant of truth to explore with a courageous awareness of what exists.
I think Tori Spelling is going to be consumed by Cthulhu in her dreams.4 years ago