There are plenty of things to worry about when it comes to social media. They are Skinner boxes designed to condition us to undervalue our privacy and to disclose personal information. They have opaque governance structures. They are walled gardens that violate the innovative spirit of the internet.
On certain levels of the American race, indeed, there seems to be a positive libido for the ugly, as on other and less Christian levels there is a libido for the beautiful. It is impossible to put down the wallpaper that defaces the average American home of the lower middle class to mere inadvertence, or to the obscene humor of the manufacturers. Such ghastly designs, it must be obvious, give a genuine delight to a certain type of mind. They meet, in some unfathomable way, its obscure and unintelligible demands.
2) I LOVE that MySpace allows users to bling out their pages -- that's a cool thing for young people to be able to do. But it is physically impossible (as of the last time I looked, 6 or so months ago) to create a MySpace page that is anything but a fucking mess. Why not start with something graphically attractive and use that as a springboard for young creativity, rather than starting with a typical '90s-era Geocities page and offer tools to fuck it up even more? So yes, MySpace is inherently, unredeemingly ugly.
Item 10: In a capitalistic society, such as the one in which we live, aesthetics as an endeavor flows through a body which is built of free enterprise and various illnesses. In boom times art may be supported by wildcat speculation or by excess funds in the form of grants from the state or patronship as a tax write-off. Currently, we are suffering from a lean economy. By necessity we must be self supporting. Popular media are bigger than fine art media. Aesthetic mediums must infiltrate popular mediums. We are building a business-based art movement. This is not new. Admitting it is.
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