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On the social reprogramming to accept that nothing can be done 

"Hypernormalization," was coined by Alexei Yurchak, who says that everyone in the Soviet Union in the 70s and 80s knew the system was failing, but no one could imagine an alternative to the status quo, and politicians and citizens alike were resigned to maintaining the pretense of a functioning society. Over time, this delusion became a self-fulfilling prophecy and the fakeness was accepted by everyone as real

We're in the hypernormalization period of the decline of our society.

How do we escape this?

The fabrication of our reality relies on not whether we believe what the propagandized media tells us or not, but whether we engage with this media at all

The propaganda machine is not simply interested in dictating reality, because it is much too difficult to get people to agree on what reality is.

Instead, this media is interested in abolishing meaning altogether, and distorting reality for different people in sufficient ways that it takes too much energy to sift through the bullshit that people just give up and accept that they're being lied to, and not actually try to discern reality.

This is what the purpose of Fox News is. Anyone who watches it and pays attention to what they're saying could be able to tell that what the talking heads tell the viewers is often contradictory or simply nonsensical.

However, this is of little consequence to the people disseminating those lies, because all they need is for the viewer to let the current fabricated reality be embedded into their identity, and then for those people whose identity is rooted in a fabricated reality to be completely unable to relate to other people because their reality is so warped that any communication immediately breaks down, unless the other person has similarly had their reality warped.

Think about all the ways that people live in fabricated realities. Flat earth, cryptocurrencies, pyramid schemes and MLMs, anti-vax BS.

The root of this isn't just watching the worst offenders of propagandistic media like fox news, but rather engaging with the media storm at all warps our reality.

We must reject the premise of corporate media that the things they report are worth our time and effort.

Politics, celebrities, millionaires and billionaires, the growing resignation to blatant corruption and legislative deadlock.

Don't invest your energy into giving a shit about the squabbles of people who don't give a shit about you.

Invest energy in yourself, improving yourself, and bettering your collective and community.

Keep yourself aware of the reality around you, but don't let media spin dictate your understanding of reality.

The reality that media wants to sell us is that everything is fine as long as we're vaccinated, and even if you think you might have been exposed to the plague, you should go out shopping anyway, oh god please go shopping, you need to buy things and go to work, because working and buying things are good for you

And the flow of money is the only thing keeping this society together.

This society that has failed us, and especially failed its most vulnerable members.

This society which does not deserve the continued contribution of our efforts to uphold it.

Hypernormalization.

no one could imagine an alternative to the status quo, and politicians and citizens alike were resigned to maintaining the pretense of a functioning society.

Our society is not functional. Don't pretend it is. What are we going to do about it?

On the social reprogramming to accept that nothing can be done 

@Anarkat I wonder if the situation in the USSR in the 70s and 80s really applies to the west in the 2020s? It was quite clear that there was a better system than the USSR then, because others were practicing it. The result was that the USSR collapsed while the societies with better systems went on. I think that's what will happen now; societies with better systems and policies will overtake/pull farther ahead of those with worse.

On the social reprogramming to accept that nothing can be done 

@Anarkat The interplay of global cultures/societies has always been a search process. Each society changes incrementally or sometimes in bigger jumps, and different societies both compete and cooperate with one another. Over time, some cultures/societies fade away or are subsumed by others.

On the social reprogramming to accept that nothing can be done 

@Anarkat Of course, this process cares no more about our opinions of which societies/cultures/practices are "better" than evolution cares about our opinions of which species/traits are better; the ones that are better adapted to their environment thrive while the ones that aren't die out.

On the social reprogramming to accept that nothing can be done 

@Anarkat It gets interesting when we're talking about global issues like climate change, pollution, disease, and WMDs. Because everyone benefits from solving these problems, "evolution" cannot select for cultures that are better able to solve the problem. It will instead select for cultures/societies that are better able to mitigate and adapt. Which for the most part will be wealthier societies.

On the social reprogramming to accept that nothing can be done 

@Anarkat Climate change and WMDs are both issues that push us to get smarter as a species rather than as individual cultures/societies. To me it seems somewhat analogous to the development of sapience. Our ability to make decisions as a species is still extremely limited. We have a few reasonably effective international institutions, but for the most part they're symbolic at best. Climate change may be the thing that changes that.

On the social reprogramming to accept that nothing can be done 

@Anarkat "We must reject the premise of corporate media that the things they report are worth our time and effort." this is a good point. All of the mainstream media always agrees on what matter is the most important like I don't give a shit about what this politician did at this party.

On the social reprogramming to accept that nothing can be done 

@Anarkat Yes, what are we going to do? I feel absolutely paralyzed just thinking about that. Have had anxiety over it, so I, somewhat wisely, avoid it, mostly. :flan_sad:

On the social reprogramming to accept that nothing can be done 

@liebach you start on the smallest scale, yourself, work up from there.

What can you do to improve yourself? Have you done what you can for yourself? Your family. I don't mean blood relatives, I mean your actual family, the people who you relate to most closely. Roommates, close friends.

It can be overwhelming to try to approach these problems from a top-down perspective.

So identify what problems are, and work to mitigate or resolve those problems that the highest level you have any control over.

I've gone to a lot of effort to ensure that my family and close collective have as little exposure to the plague as possible, and I'm using my resources to establish personal infrastructure for resilience against infrastructure failure like power outages

On the social reprogramming to accept that nothing can be done 

On the social reprogramming to accept that nothing can be done 

@Anarkat hmmmm

hypernormalisation then seems a step (or four) further than Weaponized Sacredness ribbonfarm.com/2015/05/07/weap

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