Social media is a quixotic chain gang, prisoners shackled together by some antithesis of merit – failed wannabe artists, lazy scavengers of other people’s renown – craving the recognition talent might have brought them, to fill the void of unfulfilled sociopath self-regard.
Social media populates a ‘court’ of public opinion towards which the tireless chain gang beats out ‘targets’ from the soft cover of the media landscape.
The spotlight soon fixes its coruscating glare on the accused and the occasions act as hate amplifiers, weaponizing self-important virtue-signalling into an emotional gluten, coagulating facts, context, scale, nuance and individual human empathy into the vicious viscous bile of mob outrage.
The court verdict – guilty – is inevitable but the chain gang has become addicted to the authoritarian power of the moral high-ground, focusing the ‘court’ on its duty to democratize a death sentence by apportioning the outrage bile, given a little salt by repetitions of word violence (outing, predator, victim, criminal, exile, power, abuse) so the chain gang can finally come into its own: preparing the public gallery for the next iconoclasm, self-congratulating as the spoonfeed the open-mouthed mob on warm unforgiving diarrhoea.
SOCIAL MEDIA IS A QUIXOTIC CHAIN GANG, PRISONERS SHACKLED TOGETHER BY SOME ANTITHESIS OF MERIT – FAILED WANNABE ARTISTS, LAZY SCAVENGERS OF OTHER PEOPLE’S RENOWN – CRAVING THE RECOGNITION TALENT MIGHT HAVE BROUGHT THEM, TO FILL THE VOID OF UNFULFILLED SOCIOPATH SELF-REGARD.
POST-MODERNIST ANGULAR MOMENTUM AND SOCIAL MEDIA GRAVITY DRIVE CHAIN GANG ACCRETION AND THIS IN TURN SENDS JETS OF EXCESS PRISONER ENERGY INTO THE NEBULOUS REAL-WORLD. PRISONER RADIATION IN THE MEDIA LANDSCAPE SOON EXPOSES POTENTIAL ‘targets’ AND, ONCE EXPOSED, AN INDIVIDUAL ‘TARGET’ IS VISIBLE TO THE ENTIRE CHAIN GANG.
Spotlights worked by the trembling, eager prisoners fix the accused in the coruscating glare of innumerable self-important virtue signals and the ‘court’ is in session. These occasions serve to amplify impersonal hate into an emotional gluten, coagulating facts, context, scale, nuance and individual human empathy into a game of competitive outrage.
This is the human cloud; the virtual mob in action. It’s an animated torrent of data streamed at higher and higher bandwidth, a vicious viscous gestalt of digital volition rendered with real violence into the real life of the ‘target’ with all the old-fashioned bile of a good old public execution.