Rebels, anarchists, protest and revolution. This is the language of youth culture.
Over my late teenage years, I began to notice that many celebrities, fictional characters and archetypes within TV and film are often outspoken, anarchic, larger than life characters. In essence, they are often rebels.
In an increasingly online existence, with social media platforms that are becoming more ever-present points in our lives, these rebels are highlighted more than ever. But, on the flip side, brands use this rebellious state of mind as a marketing tool to connect with their audiences and political coverage has moved from the tabloids to our Facebook feeds.
Lies and videotapes, Facebook misinformation, and our imagined social media profiles. All are used as mechanisms of contrasting salvation and terror. It’s time to question the nature of our manufactured realities and ask if the online worlds we are creating are utopias or weapons of evil.
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27 July 2020