‘Why Poor Students Struggle’
… theories of the self and identity have long recognized the tension between the real and the pose. While so often attributed to social media, such status-posturing performance — “success theater” — is fundamental to the existence of identity.
These theories also share an understanding that people in Western society are generally uncomfortable admitting that who they are might be partly, or perhaps deeply, structured and performed. To be a “poser” is an insult; instead common wisdom is “be true to yourself,” which assumes there is a truth of your self. Digital-austerity discourse has tapped into this deep, subconscious modern tension, and brings to it the false hope that unplugging can bring catharsis.
Nathan Jurgenson in 'The Disconnectionists'
This is an amazing essay.
|—||Jim Davies, cognitive scientist & playwright|
Part of the value of a humanistic education has to do with a consciousness of, and a familiarity with, the limits that you’ll spend the rest of your life talking about and pushing against. So it’s probably natural for college students to be a little ironic, a little unsettled.
Just as I believe in blaming capitalism for the financial situation of those on welfare, I believe in blaming the age we live in for why I am so annoying.
|—||Gabby Bess, in Dazed|
I’m glad this article was written. Everyone I’ve heard from is raving about the new pantene ad but I don’t like that it’s trying to stop women’s use of the word “sorry.”
It’s a conscientiousness device. The reason women use it more is the reason that women are more conscientious in social interactions.
Prime example of a case where men should adopt a female practice instead of vice-versa. I’d love a world where more men say “sorry.”