Death Drive on Social Media

 

 

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Is anyone else staggered by the amount of political sharing on social media these days? Yesterday I scrolled though about 50 posts on Facebookand the only article that wasn’t political was one by the NY Times on whether reading could make you happier? Well reading these posts aren’t making me happier but I must be getting some satisfaction from reading them.

The truth is that I have developed an obsession for reading about politics and let’s face it, the political discourse is perfect fodder for a neurotic with it’s inherent failure and incompleteness – the failure of Labour to achieve government and the prime ministers failure to obtain her mandate for Brexit, the failure of any party to gain a ruling majority, feeds our drive for un unobtainable satisfaction.

Our totemic identification with leaders like May still strong and stable despite sailing virtually submerged Corbyn still upheld as honest and kind despite sacking his colleagues and being covert about running his parochial, socialist petty project under the guis of bridges not walls.

The lying and the fake news creating a desire for a utopian truth which must be out there somewhere… but truth just seems to generate untruth and satisfaction dissatisfaction with endless scrolling …

People assume that Freud came up with the name Death Drive (Todestrieb) because we unconsciously seek death as the only way of escaping this endless scrolling of un-satisfaction and failure but it’s something much worse. It’s actually a desire to be undead. Like a Zombie who is endlessly suspended between life and death, stuck in endless cycles of unsatisfiable anxiety, scrolling, scrolling, scrolling …

Is anyone else staggered by the amount of political sharing on Facebook these days? Yesterday I scrolled though about 50 posts and the only article that wasn’t political was one by the NY Times on whether reading could make you happier? Well reading these posts aren’t making me happier but I must be getting some satisfaction from reading them.

The truth is that I have developed an obsession for reading about politics and let’s face it, the political discourse is perfect fodder for a neurotic with it’s inherent failure and incompleteness – the failure of Labour to achieve government and the prime ministers failure to obtain her mandate for Brexit, the failure of any party to gain a ruling majority, feeds our drive for un unobtainable satisfaction.

Our totemic identification with leaders like May still strong and stable despite sailing virtually submerged Corbyn still upheld as honest and kind despite sacking his colleagues and being covert about running his parochial, socialist petty project under the guis of bridges not walls.

The lying and the fake news creating a desire for a utopian truth which must be out there somewhere… but truth just seems to generate untruth and satisfaction dissatisfaction with endless scrolling …

People assume that Freud came up with the name Death Drive (Todestrieb) because we unconsciously seek death as the only way of escaping this endless scrolling of un-satisfaction and failure but it’s something much worse. It’s actually a desire to be undead. Like a Zombie who is endlessly suspended between life and death, stuck in endless cycles of unsatisfiable anxiety, scrolling, scrolling, scrolling …

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