People outside of America are never overconfident and immunised to reality.
I’m not above taking photos at art exhibitions. There are some very good arguments for doing so: to capture detail for research, to linger afterwards on what you particularly appreciated, to show friends and family, or to post on social media. A curator friend also notes that it can help with gallery communications at a time when budgets are being slashed and the pressure to increase footfall is more intense than ever. Being allowed to take photos and post them to social media often boosts visitor numbers quite dramatically. But the proliferation of photo-taking – and selfies – now seems to have reached a critical mass, to the point where there is no longer either mental or literal space for direct engagement with the work. Instead, that engagement is mediated by a screen. It is disrupted and distanced – leading to the kind of detachment the Marxist theorist and philosopher Guy Debord presciently identified as a condition of the mass culture of late capitalism, when he wrote The Society of the Spectacle in 1967. “All that was once directly lived has become mere representation,” he wrote.
Yet it’s not a new observation to say a simulacrum of the work lacks the power of the original. We all know this, otherwise why go to a gallery at all? In his 1935 essay, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, cultural critic Walter Benjamin reflected on the impact of photography, writing: “Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space.” Art removed from its context is stripped of what Benjamin termed its aura, that almost supernatural, unique quality.
the self-consciousness and low self-esteem are there, we're just in perpetual denial. also, who gives a shit what the rest off the world thinks? MAGA, bitches!
I only ever hear from britons and americans on how shit their countries are, because that's who i am talking to most of the time on the internet.
Are other countries really so great?