anxiety

“We yearn to reprogram existence, and with the computer we have the best means yet. We would like to see this project as heroic, as a rebellion against the tyranny of an alien power. But it’s not that at all. It’s a project born of anxiety. Behind it lies a dread that the messy, atomic world will rebel against us. What Silicon Valley sells and we buy is not transcendence but withdrawal. The screen provides a refuge, a mediated world that is more predictable, more tractable, and above all safer than the recalcitrant world of things. We flock to the virtual because the real demands too much of us.” – The internet as an engine of liberation is an innocent fraud – Nicholas Carr | Aeon Essays

“The exhaustion experienced in burnout combines an intense yearning for this state of completion with the tormenting sense that it cannot be attained, that there is always some demand or anxiety or distraction which can’t be silenced.” – Minds turned to ash

“Anxiety is one of the key drivers of the curatorial impulse in capitalist society and culture—an anxiety to ensure things are valuable and in turn to define them as somehow productive or useful… In a time in which information, population and ambition continue to accelerate unmanageably, there is an attendant desire to control, contain, organize and, as a result, make elaborate, fretful ontological claims.” – The Creation, and Re-creation, of the Curator