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The grandest element of today’s culture is perhaps technology – social media’s takeover in particular – and its frightening ability to exploit us in what we do, what we think, what we “like,” what we believe. Social media was created as a way for adults, teens, and now even children to truly reposition themselves – to go from their simple selves to a kind of social celebrity. We can certainly blame “culture” for this exploitation, but as frequent users of media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, we are ultimately exploiting ourselves. We have accepted a very welcoming invitation into a dangerous world, or computer screen, of brutal honesty. As is encouraged of us, every day we make our private lives public. And often…show more content…

Popular culture and recent media was created originally to provide us the space and materials to break the rules and to challenge the status quo. hooks discusses ways “to make culture accessible” (65). Perhaps the Internet has made culture too accessible. With so much freedom also comes danger. With programs like Facebook, Twitter, and all the rest, society has been led down a steep pathway toward representing transgressed ideas and identities.

Later on in the article, Messa-Bains and hooks discuss the migrant worker: “They cannot have private lives, because as workers, as the new slaves, their lives are not their own,” hooks tells us (71). The women label this lower class as vulnerable, lacking the same citizenship rights as others. It seems the middle and upper classes have declared themselves just as vulnerable, though, much thanks to technology. “They live their private lives in public,” Banks says (71). Is that not just what we do every time we post a new profile picture, hoping for “likes.” Every time we update a status to tell our “friends” what happened on the morning commute, where we have chosen to eat lunch, or how we feel after an afternoon jog – smiley face included. But what is our excuse? hooks notes in her opening dialogue that “we have entered a period of grave silence, censorship, and violence” (2). Some are being

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