• March 13, 2016

15. AP8 Narcissism grew like an invasive plant throughout the 20th Century. Now it is in full bloom

First­ly a lot (not all) of “mod­ern” art and poet­ry and even music stopped say­ing much about the soci­eties which host­ed them and became pure­ly self indul­gent, often pompous­ly “abstract”. This mir­rored a lot (not all) of what was hap­pen­ing in many areas of aca­d­e­mic work, and a lot (not all) of what was hap­pen­ing in so-called high finance. When the dig­i­tal cam­era democ­ra­tized imagery, “self­ies” (or the ulti­mate self-indul­gence, sex­ting) became the dom­i­nant form of pho­tog­ra­phy. Now Don­ald Trump stands on top of the Amer­i­can polit­i­cal muck heap and asks to be anoint­ed as the emper­or of self-love.