POST.CONSUMER.CULT 2020

Jurassic Accelerationism, Forced Dinosaurisation & Beehive Communism

Originally published by Tzvetnik.Online in December 2020, this version contains some minor grammatical changes and phrasing edits.

A return to Cults

In light (darkness actually) of recent transformations into a post-truth, post-fact era predicted by Jean Bulldrillard[13] As many seem to now worship fact-checking systems and data, we also see a return to cult-like superstitions and increased prevalence for the teachings of religious dogma – as Kanye West proclaimed in a campaign video, he is “stepping out on faith”. In 2020 it seems that for every person who is worried about the very real threat of fascism returning, there is someone worried about the very real threat of communism spreading around the globe. For every person who is obsessively fact-checking and confiding in data, there is someone who is disregarding it all together and adopting a pre-enlightenment, creationist or Vedic worldview that rejects modern scientism. It seems as though we are collectively being pulled apart from everything and everyone – as if we, like The Universe itself, are eternally inflating away from every point in space and time whilst many feel as though they are awakening to cosmic consciousness 👁🔥.

Jurassic Acceleration

Many things are characteristic of late-stage civilization: unsuccessful foreign invasions, debt-based economic stagnation and artificial inflation, A decline in living standards and social mobility, an increase in addictions and suicide rates, A decline in fertility rates and social isolation becomes the norm. Whats-more a characteristic disregard for male masculinity becomes commonplace. The individualist feminist Camille Paglia describes such a phenomenon; A feminisation process is characteristic of late-stage civilization[14], you see it in the statues, they become more feminized… and eventually turn… into catboys? I feel the pull of the feminisation process, I begin to wonder if I should give up my performative and obsolete masculinity in the face of social transformation & online behavioural modding to become a femboy, or perhaps even change gender or species altogether. If we are a product of the environment impacting our genetics, why not let the environment mould us in any way it sees fit? But hold on, not so fast, why should we submit to environmental pressures at all? Yet, at the same time, we might ask, what isn’t environmental pressure anyway? And ultimately, we should be asking if the industrial-technological process is leading us towards emancipation or domestication – and to what extent is it contorting and manipulating our self-image…

The Future

Whilst I was working on Post.Consumer.Cult in 2010 I became fascinated by the Chinese system: many of the images I used are taken from the Chinese Internet and show some aspects of its hyper-capitalist state which is still, at its core, ideologically Communist and vehemently oppressive. Many of these images no longer turn up on reverse-image search results and therefore act as a document and glimpse into aspects of the Chinese system. In 2020 the influence of China continues to spread around the world as parts of the West seem to be edging closer and closer to adopting many similar traits to its model of Totalitarian Surveillance Capitalism: from intensified state surveillance and control of cyberspace outlined in Vision 2020[15], torture abroad in places such as Guantanamo Bay, moves towards social credit systems, population control and dwindling freedom of the press now seem inevitable.

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