'In the age of social media, one of the highest compliments paid to a work of art is that it made the viewer feel “seen.” On one hand, it’s an odd reversal: that we should expect a movie to see us, rather than the other way around. But maybe this is where we were always headed, a natural extension of a world where the act of living itself so often takes on a performative quality, where the validity of your experiences depends on how other people respond. The point is not to do things; it’s #DoingThings, and making sure people see you doing them... If you look into a work of art and don’t see yourself looking back, how can you be sure the story you tell yourself about your life is true? Consider the accusation levied at the artist who fails to make people feel seen, who makes the mistake of imagining that his work is a window instead of a mirror: not that he has overlooked his audience, but that he has erased them. 'If what other people think of you is a threat to your existence, then when they don’t think of you, perhaps you cease to exist at all.' https://arcdigital.media/what-we-sacrifice-to-be-seen-ccd01f774e94
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