Now comes writer-researcher Clara Hendrickson, with a lucid critique of the political delusion at the heart of social media. Her Boston Review essay is excerpted below, with images from Andrei Lacatusu’s project, Social Decay.
Regarding those deeply interested and engaged with dismantling democracy, we urge brief meditation upon the following communication, that exceeds even the darkest impulse towards satire, given the events of recent days, weeks, months:
Followed by a random headline from today’s news “feed”:
Let us give the last word to James Madison:
“As the cool and deliberate sense of the community ought, in all governments, and actually will, in all free governments, ultimately prevail over the views of its rulers; so there are particular moments in public affairs when the people, stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn.”