Chris, on: Technology

Technology has allowed us to be brutally cruel without suffering any consequences. In the past if I wanted to tell someone that they sucked I’d have to say it to their face.

We live in a culture of insults, we’re constantly bombarded with these images of people who are richer than us and happier than us, and; who have more interesting love lives and it makes us feel terrible.

We tear them down to feel better about ourselves, and we don’t just stop with the people who are on TV or in magazines – we do it to everybody. And we think because it’s done anonymously there are no ramifications. 

But there are ramifications, because it’s makes you comfortable with insensitivity.

The above was a quote from a recent Glee episode, a TV show that also combines a number of social justice issues and makes an effort to have these issues represented in a modern discussion.

Have we built a society based on our own inadequacies, our own feelings of having to idolise more successful people and establish that as our baseline? With recent advents of one-hit wonders like Justin Bieber or heck: Rebecca Black. Within such amazing success (whether deserved or not) that there is inbuilt opposition, one that seeks to tear down their image. Perhaps it is a personal image thing, perhaps we may fit in with the crowd for some reason we believe it is a more satisfying and seemingly more justified.

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