There’s only one thing more annoying than the obvious fact that we all spend so much time on social media, and that is the ‘woke’ artists who illustrate this point through creating repetitive ‘artistic’ metaphors about how we are obsessed with technology.
And then claim that their work is somehow revolutionary.
The trend for such viral online illustrations, normally captioned something along the lines of ‘these illustrations PERFECTLY capture the dark truth of modern life’, are not only unoriginal, but are often also really socially unaware.
They fail to see the irony in the fact that most of them gain their followers, platforms, and validation from people on social media.
They also address the ‘modern life’ debate from a very elite standpoint that takes for granted that it is a privilege to mock technology when many would kill to access it more readily in order to enjoy the very freedoms that such artists enjoy – freedom of speech, protest, work, and communication, for example.
Here are seven times online ‘artists’ tried, and failed, to be woke online:
1) This sculpture
Just casually using manacles to compare iPhone owners to victims of the slave trade to prove how we are all slaves to technology, man!
2) This #conceptual #illustration of how Facebook has murdered our privacy
Technology might have serious implications for our privacy, sure.
But rather than make Facebook sound like an Orwellian novel where we are all doomed to die, can we also talk for a minute about how much freedom the internet has granted people? Or how much it has allowed people to have a voice who might otherwise be denied one? Or about how there are parts of the world where compliance to surveillance is actually a life or death matter and, surprisingly, it isn’t Silicon Valley.
There is a reason that Facebook in North Korea is a punishable offence.
3) This nice trivialisation of addiction, expressing our own addiction to Uber, Instagram and Photoshop alike!
This photo itself is photoshopped! I get it!
4) This viral image of a group of iPhone zombies
5) The rat race that is our daily commute
6) This t-shirt sold at every tourist stall in every country ever
Life was so much better when we lived in caves and had to catch food with spears.