If the hare had been racing an Alligator Snapping Turtle (pictured above) he would have been eaten with the turtle winning the race by default.
Jesting aside, a central purpose behind Truth In Focus (TIR) and Visual Philosophy (See This Month’s) is to be an aesthetic abruption to modernities fast-paced world. Mere Beauty In Truth unequivocally requires a sustainable consumption of information including knowledge growth.
Jean Baudrillard, a postmodernist and French philosopher, rightly estimated that mankind presently lives in a state of hyperreality:
“Postmodernity is said to be a culture of fragmentary sensations, eclectic nostalgia, disposable simulacra, and promiscuous superficiality, in which the traditionally valued qualities of depth, coherence, meaning, originality, and authenticity are evacuated or dissolved amid the random swirl of empty signals.”
“The media represents a world that is more real than reality that we can experience. People lose the ability to distinguish between reality and fantasy. They also begin to engage with the fantasy without realizing what it really is. They seek happiness and fulfilment through the simulacra of reality, e.g. media and avoid the contact/interaction with the real world.”
– Simulacra and Simulation (1987)
Granted I am not a postmodernist nor do I agree that we presently live in a post-modern age but Baudrillard description of what late modernity has produced remains a precise, accurate description. From Deep Fakes to Deep State what truth is and where truth exists appears unclear speaking from an outsiders perspective looking in at competing worldview’s, the nature of institutions, and the unprecedented mining of data. A clear definer of the age is that data and information are up for grabs to the highest and most powerful bidders. TRUTH IS AT STAKE.
Importing droves of information is antithetical in a period where information is overabundant. Arising from that debauchery a collision occurred resulting in hysteria. Men can be women, women can be men while no gender is claimed to exist (all false); people can “believe” whatever they want purportedly without risk (all a lie). Up, down, left, right nothing has meaning. Our universe is on life support receiving 24/7 blood transfusions while being told that your iron levels are normal, life is steady. Relative normality is avoidance from reality.
Therefore, we must recapture the truth. Reclaim reality.
Part of doing so is practicing a slower method of dissemination. To clearly think one must have the time to think. Of course slow is not always right. But hyperreality disfigures and fragments without repose. So let’s all be the snapping alligator turtle: Slow, Steady, and Ready for a Fight.