A psychoanalytic reading of social media and the death drive

Seymour’s book suggests something worse about us, their Twitter and Facebook interlocutors: That we want to waste our time. That, however much we might complain, we find satisfaction in endless, circular argument. That we get some kind of fulfillment from tedious debates about “free speech” and “cancel culture.” That we seek oblivion in discourse.

Source: A psychoanalytic reading of social media and the death drive – Max Read – Bookforum Magazine

On silver lining in Coronavirus Crisis

But if there is a silver lining in this crisis, it may be that the virus is forcing us to use the internet as it was always meant to be used — to connect with one another, share information and resources, and come up with collective solutions to urgent problems. It’s the healthy, humane version of digital culture we usually see only in schmaltzy TV commercials, where everyone is constantly using a smartphone to visit far-flung grandparents and read bedtime stories to kids.

Source: The Coronavirus Crisis Is Showing Us How to Live Online – The New York Times

Portugal coronavirus: Migrants and asylum-seekers given full citizenship rights during outbreak

granting them full access to the country’s healthcare

Source: Portugal coronavirus: Migrants and asylum-seekers given full citizenship rights during outbreak – CNN