A vida manufaturada

«Suddenly, life is not meant to be lived, but authored. Experience itself becomes narrativized, something to be packaged into a simple and readable form; if it is going to be effective, it must be audience-friendly, easily comprehended by someone viewing it on small screen amid hundreds of other narratives just like it. Of course, making meaning of life, constructing a coherent story to make sense of what occurs, is not a new exercise, but it used to be done retroactively, performed with some distance from the moment. Now it is done on the fly. The future no longer becomes the present, mysteriously unfolding before us, happening to us. The present is manufactured. Our realities are loosely scripted productions.» (LARB)