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Unmasking the Modern Monster: Society's Tipping Point

Bijgewerkt op: 31 jan.


Drawing of a tentacle monster influencing five areas: polarization of people, social media distraction, media-driven conformity, consumer dissatisfaction, and education producing unthinking followers. by Foeshel


Introduction:


I am 42 and I have seen life before the internet and cell phones changed to always be online and connected. Which has been a gigantic leap forward, but it does come with questions. Our world today is at a crossroads, and the choices made today will change life for generations to come. This blog is not just about one topic but rather a tapestry woven from the threads of several crucial issues we face in the modern age. It's about questioning authority, the impact of technology, the nuances of human psychology, the need for critical thinking, societal transformation, and the powerful role of art in challenging established narratives.



polarization of people


Section 1: The Manipulation Monstrosity


The digital age has blown new life into an old monster, which is called Manipulation. Misinformation spreads like wildfire, and algorithms silently meld our realities. We've become puppets in a grand theatre of clicks and views. But who pulls the strings? We dissect how manipulation occurs through misinformation, consumerism, and the digital realm. Companies inject anger into our discourse because it keeps us longer on their apps and is better for their advertisers. I think in the beginning, they had no clue what this was doing. But as the tobacco industry, I am certain they know full well what kind of individual and societal damage they create by doing this. By unmasking the tactics that manipulate us, we can take the first steps toward reclaiming our autonomy.




social media distraction


Section 2: The Distraction Demon


In an age of constant connectivity, we are inundated with distractions. Technology, a double-edged sword, offers both the promise of enlightenment and the peril of endless diversion. The Distraction Demon beckons, tempting us with notifications, viral videos, and the next dopamine hit. Amidst this digital cacophony, it's easy to lose sight of essential matters. We delve into how distractions, particularly from technology and consumerism, divert our attention and contribute to society's malaise.



media-driven conformity


Section 3: The Conformity Beast


Throughout our lives, we've been conditioned to conform. In the whirlwind of our interconnected world, societal norms often dictate our behaviour. From the way we consume information to the products we buy, conformity is pervasive. But is conformity a boon or a bane? We explore how conformity is encouraged in education, consumerism, and online behaviour. Whether it's the education system's rigid structures, the relentless pursuit of material possessions, or the echo chambers of social media, we find ourselves surrendering to the Conformity Beast.




consumer dissatisfaction



Section 4: The Quest for Critical Thinking


Critical thinking is our North Star in these tumultuous times. It's the compass that guides us through the fog of misinformation and conformity. We examine the importance of critical thinking as a way to combat societal monsters.

In science, there are no absolute truths; there are only approximate truths. Consensus does not mean absolute. To question and attack long-standing theories leads to affirming them, strengthening them, or actually disproving them. But to create an absolute truth and to shut down questioning, it means there is something else at play, be it a tyrannical pressure to not question or that certain aspects are moving into the realm of religion.

Through examples and strategies, we shed light on how to nurture this essential skill in the younger generation. Dare to question established views; only this will lead to further understanding.



education producing unthinking followers.


Section 5: Society in Transformation


The story of transformation offers hope. Societal structures are not set in stone; they can evolve. We discuss examples like Finland's education system and alternative approaches that inspire change. We must not be afraid to study old systems Keep what works and experiment with what doesn't to create better systems. Holding on to something because it has been that way for a long time, but you don't see the benefits, is ridiculous. But also, don't just throw away built-up experience just because you are critical; it is not because something is old that it doesn't have value. I always think back to an example of copper and brass handles, which were common in public places and hospitals long ago. Due to mass production, we moved away from those types of handles and started using other metals and plastics. We didn't really understand the value of those knobs and handles. It turns out that copper surfaces have antimicrobial properties that make it really difficult for bacteria to grow and survive. In public and hospital settings, these are some really valuable assets to have. Hence, experiment; if you are wrong, change and do better. Through societal transformation, we can unmask and tame the modern monster that haunts our world.



obey the system


Section 6: Art as the Mirror


In history, art has been a critical mirror reflecting society's truths and challenges. Artists have used symbolism, semiotics, and illusion to convey deeper meanings while cloaked in metaphor. We explore how art serves as a powerful tool for expressing complex ideas and emotions. Whether through visual arts, drawing, painting, movies, or storytelling, artists have the unique ability to unmask the modern monster. Their creations remind us that the power of thought and expression is a beacon of hope in these uncertain times.


"In science, there are no absolute truths, there are only approximate truths. Consensus does not mean absolute. To question and attack long-standing theories leads to affirming them, strengthening them, or actually disproving them. But to create an absolute truth and to shut down questioning, It means there is something else at play, be it a tyrannical pressure to not question or that certain aspects are moving into the realm of religion."




brake free and think


Conclusion:


We find ourselves at a tipping point in history, where conformity and blind acceptance of consensus threaten progress. In this age of information, we must heed the call for critical thinking and question authority. It's a duty we owe to ourselves, to society, and to future generations.


Art, with its capacity to reflect and challenge, remains a potent weapon in our quest for a brighter future. It's a medium through which we can unmask the modern monster that lurks in our society's shadows. By embracing art and critical thinking, we can usher in a new era where the power of questioning is celebrated, and the pursuit of truth is unwavering.


This is not a call to arms; it's a call to minds. It's an invitation to join the ranks of those who dare to question, to those who are unmasking the modern monster. In a world where journalism may erode and certain channels become captive to particular ideologies, artists stand as the last hope to open our eyes once again to a critical image and mirror of our society. Through visual arts, drawing, painting, movies, or storytelling in books and various forms, they remind us that the power of thought and expression is a beacon of hope in these uncertain times.


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Nathalie Vervliet
Nathalie Vervliet
May 20

Ik was echt wel onder de indruk van dit werk! Zelf houd ik echt van kleur, maar dit sprak me wel echt aan…

Mijn zoon is helemaal enthousiast over zijn graffiti-spaarpot, super gewoon!

Wij zijn fan en benieuwd naar meer!


Nathalie en Rob

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foeshel
foeshel
May 20
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Hartelijk bedankt, om lang te komen, iets mee te nemen en de tijd die je neemt om te kijken. Deze tekening heeft na ze compleet was even de wind uit mijn zeilen genomen.

Het heeft even geduurd voor ik weer inspiratie kreeg maar daarna... Was het weer een waterval.


😁 Merci nog eens en blij dat Rob hem fijn vindt 👍

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