It's a machine that runs on envy, humiliation and rage
"For example, conservatives proclaim from the rooftops that Hollywood is “attacking their values”, promoting sexual deviancy and godlessness. I fully believe that what they’re really upset about is that movies and TV shows make their own way of life look deeply uncool."
Do you have kids? This reads as if it was written by someone without kids. This was a fun read, but I think some conclusions drawn here could use a little more real world knowledge.
For me though, the biggest mismatch between reality and TV that I had to actively acknowledge and try to unlearn wasn't mentioned, and that's the image that young people are supposed to regularly go to insane drug-fueled parties and then hook up with attractive strangers.
Well, you are right--that is a mighty fine dog you have.
"It’s actually a trick: The artists’ goal [is] making the audience subconsciously associate those views with a lower class."
No, it's not a trick. Cartoonist use visual shorthand to convey meaning. It's not an attempt to "trick" anyone, subconscious or consciously.
Not that it changes the argument, but NFTs aren't made of invisible marks on a file; they're more like a special unique certificate out there somewhere with the URL of a file or the name of a video game item written on them. This is shown when e.g. NFTs attached to images fall into question when the URL they refer to goes down. What makes the NFT scene so frustrating is that you could do anything with these silly certificates, but the utilitarian concept is spoiled by celebrities paying thousands of dollars to use them to claim bad drawings of apes, or more fundamentally, URLs of to bad drawings of apes.
Thank you for this antidote. Detachment is king.
Okay I am sorry yall but between a lack of ability to discern when people are joking and a lack of any knowledge about photoshop: is Jason actually jacked or did he photoshop that picture?
If seeking status is a defining characteristic of human behavior, do we have to put status seeking into robots to make them behave human-like?
Is status-seeking universal in all social animals?
I'm not sure I agree that the main (or even only) purpose of posting food photos on Instagram or wherever is to create envy. I think it's a cry for approval: please like the thing I posted, please tell me it's a good thing to eat, that I picked the right dish and cooked it in the right way. Tell me I'm good. Love me.
It's still concerned with status, but not in the way you're thinking of.
I don't know what implications that has for your argument, but I can speak from personal experience on this part.
I'm still trying to decide if misstating the title of your upcoming book is a mistake or a mindfuck
I'm wondering if the (conservative) HUAC could be seen as an effort to counter (liberal) Hollywood as the status-setting authority, and if so, will we see a new version arise fairly soon?