Crash Culture: Panic Shock, Semantic Apocalypse, and our Posthuman Future

The Dark Fantastic: Literature, Philosophy, and Digital Arts

“We have swallowed our microphones and headsets … We have interiorized our own prosthetic image and become the professional showmen of our own lives.”
…….– Jean Baudrillard

The machine gazes into the mirror, an abyss within an abyss. The eye that stares stares back is a closed circuit, a solipsistic dance in the vacuum of an end game of performativity that motions us to exist or exit a world of virtual multiplicity: ideas immanent to the register of thought unbound. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We follow the gaze of the gaze through its electronic incarnations like blip scores for a self-replicating image feed. Lost among our images our thoughts blank and emptied of their former glory, we ponder the inane vision of our bodes become immaterial objects on the screen of non-existence. All that remains is the image emptied of…

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