Imagine for a moment your life without social media. What would it be like to walk through your day without Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat, and all the rest? Would you feel lonely? Relieved? Bored? Freed?
The popular Youtuber and comedian Bo Burnham had this to say about social media in his most recent Netflix show, “Make Happy”:
Social media—it’s just the market’s answer to a generation that demanded to perform, so the market said, ‘Here, perform everything to each other all the time for no reason.’ It’s prison. It is horrific.
After a pause, Burnham advices his audience: “If you can live your life without an audience, you should do it.”
Dear writers, in a few sentences or a few paragraphs, speculate on how your life would change if you lived “without an audience”—as Sophia DuBose
and Violeta Nicola
do in these fierce reflections. Do you agree with Burnham that one can be imprisoned by social media? How do you relate to his description of performing? What would it be like to walk away?