Do You Think They Can See Us?

Posted: April 1, 2016 in Page 8: Coming to Terms with Bad

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This as well as all other photographs worked with an ancient version of Microsoft ® Paint.
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Just what we need, that’s what we all want to believe: But as I said in the accompanying essay: art certainly isn’t about the talentless type of photography we see today: slick Photoshopped pics and the seemingly inexhaustible stock of snapshots cluttering up so many silly galleries, gawked at by so many wannabe artists living in the FaceBook-Instagram-selfie-narcissistic-crapola world. And now me… Jesus.

Decidedly, I’m of the mind that this work is bad. But don’t take my word for it: The eminent psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, already back in the early sixties, said that people who had taken up this snapshot craze, are a perfect example of the hoarding proclivity (a primary sympton of pathological alienation), which is thoroughly documented in psychology. Take the tourist for example; the only thing he thinks to do is accumulate pictures. But in doing so, he never lives the experience itself. Today this pathology is worse. In the Facebook-selfie world, the narcissism that is inherent is cronic, acute, rampant. The life experience is concentrated almost exclusively in the poor person’s thinking of himself, and himself alone. Unfortunately though, the life experience that he is so longing for, to transcend his lonely self, totally alludes the person.

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