When Chris Floyd, photographer, agent provocateur and all round good egg (u ok, hun?) posted a link to this tumblr on twitter, my first reaction was ‘Oh God’. I am afraid I can’t add to that yet, as I am still sat here, mouth agape, going Oh. God.
But maybe in this world of total onslaught of ‘funny’, ‘shocking’, ‘interesting’, ‘thought provoking’, ‘kooky’ etc links, memes, images, jokes, viral videos, ads, avatars, pornos, statements, ‘Oh God’ means something has cut through the fog and made an actually apt comment on contemporary society.
Once, before taking the more sensible, maybe less fun route of doing a sociology PhD, before twitter, facebook and tumblr even existed, I had the idea to write an MA dissertation about ‘therapy culture’. You know, the world of Oprah, Trisha, pilates, psychotherapy, helplines, and ‘u ok hun?’ concern. I think I was onto something. And I should probably write it up.
But maybe we’ve gone beyond ‘therapy culture’ into something else, something more cloying, more mediated, more instantaneous, more cyborg. I mean, a computer, a social media network, a website, can give the impression it cares ( think of those company emails: ‘we missed you!’). Which, if you think about it, is pretty disconcerting,
U ok hun? *hugs*