"testing testing testing testing"
Shaming Walter Palmer and Cecil the Lion are all over social media this week. What is shame, and is shaming a force for positive change?
Is the selfie-flood a sign of positive self-expression? Narcissism run amok? Are these selfies for friends, or ‘friends,’ or are they simply a way for us to shape our own image. Selfie-curation, a process of persona digitally defined.
The drive to connect, to be accepted, is both glorious and brutal. It drives us to care and connect — and to engage in self-destructive behavior in a desperate bid to fit. The “thinness” of digital connection can’t actually be fixed by quantity — just as one can not get a healthy meal by eating a LOT of junk — but the thinness may drive people to want more.