Wait, what?

Monday, 30 May 2011 00:48
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I think the internet has just succeed in breaking my brain (yet again).

...I don't really have any kind of coherent commentary on that. I have some thoughts, but they're teetering dangerously on the dividing line between a positive and negative reaction. I mean, it's not completely awful because in a certain sense it's surprisingly accurate... but the tone is just so very grating. I don't know if I've gotten to the point that I can't appreciate crack/satire, but this just seems so trivializing to me. I'm not sure what it is about it that rubs me the wrong way. Maybe it's because it's not really a caricature of the Revolution using a facebook model but a caricature of facebook using the Revolution? That kind of narcissistic exhibitionism is really not the same as the Revolutionary culture of theatricality, which is about making heroic gestures of self-sacrifice, not childish self-aggrandizement. I don't know. Maybe it's just how un-French it is. Have I reached a point at which I no longer believe it's even possible to understand the Revolution in English? Or is the problem more internet-culture than Anglo-American culture? Or neither? Or both? Maybe there isn't a problem. Maybe it's awesome and I can't take a joke, although the latter suggestion is generally reserved for people's taking offense at something. And I'm not offended, just... bewildered, I guess. At this page's existence and at my reaction to it.

I just don't know. What do you think? I think it's pretty clear that whatever else we might say about it, it *is* trivializing. But is this always a bad thing?...


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