April 3, 2012
Why Pinterest Bums Me Out

Schmutzie puts into words my feelings, that I could never quite articulate, towards Pinterest.

In this light, a large portion of Pinterest’s content starts to look largely like the great, white, suburban dreamscape of the 1950s pathologized, now crowd-sourced to showcase today’s insecurity with the messier, dirtier, and much less wealthy lives we actually lead. It’s an extension of the pleasure machines we’ve been trained to be: we please the perceived tastes of others with images of things that have little or no relation to who we actually are or what we do — most of which images are of things that are, in themselves, about creating pleasure for others — with hopes of little more than to continue being pleasing.”

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