Minute Edited Reality

Minute Edited Reality

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By Victor Marakhovsky

Dear friends, the German tragedy has not the slightest chance of impressing Russian citizens.

The flood with two hundred victims, which could have really impressed them, should have happened in Russia – and not because “this is ours, this is our concern.” No. Such a flood would fit into the patterns of reality prevailing in our society. There is a template “the officialdom constantly declares stability and success, while the actual state of affairs in Russia is terrible, as the tragedy showed.” It fits the crash of the plane, the collapse of the house and the flood.

 If, on the occasion of the burnt-out Notre Dame or an Islamist terrorist attack, one can at least shout out sympathy, paint an avatar and declare that France / Germany / Britain will definitely stand, on the occasion of “inappropriate tragedies” our information-active fellow citizen prefers to remain silent altogether. 

Our consciousness also quite comfortably endures if these tragedies happen in Tanzania, Bangladesh or Ukraine, but the number of victims in them must be some truly phenomenal. Otherwise – due to the low status of these states in the top of the world prestige – we shrug our shoulders and say “something to be surprised at.” 

But if a plane crashes in Sweden, a house collapses in Miami, and a flood destroys the Germans, and even the West, many of our fellow citizens stop at these tragedies in bewilderment. These are wrong tragedies that have no right to exist, they do not fit into personal reality, they are pathologies, and there is no understanding of how to react to them correctly.

In this sense, it is curious that there is no correlation between the real frequency of any events and their perception in our strange time.

Therefore, these tragedies (very strongly present in the American and German media spheres proper) in Russia are, as it were, generally filtered out and not noticed. If, on the occasion of the burnt-out Notre Dame or an Islamist terrorist attack, one can at least shout out sympathy, paint an avatar and declare that France / Germany / Britain will definitely stand, on the occasion of “inappropriate tragedies” our information-active fellow citizen prefers to remain silent altogether. 

This tells us uv. friends, that we do not live in a virtual or “augmented” reality, but rather in a continuously edited reality, which we not only pass through Photoshop, which increases lips and reduces waistlines – no, we also actively wield unconscious scissors, throwing from the picture of the world what we don’t know how to react to. 

In this sense, it is curious that there is no correlation between the real frequency of any events and their perception in our strange time. 

For example, the last emergency launch of some Roscosmos happened in October 2018, which does not prevent our fellow citizen with a typical OS without updates, almost three years later, to continue to issue on the machine: 

– Ahaha, rockets keep falling and falling, how do you like that, Elon Musk. 

And the rockets do fall – at Musk. But, since Musk’s rockets cannot fall, their falls are either filtered out altogether by a typical brain OS, or converted into a vague feeling that these falls are in fact on the conscience of Roscosmos.  

To live in the described reality, more or less adequate to physical reality, is today a luxury that is not available to everyone.

The Russian version of the article can be found here.


Victor Marakhovsky is a Journalist and commentator


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