The way it is now, according to Giorgio Agamben: “It is obvious that [people] are disposed to sacrifice practically everything — the normal conditions of life, social relationships, work, even friendships, affections, and religious and political convictions — to the danger of getting sick…Other human beings…are now seen solely as possible spreaders of the plague whom one must avoid at all costs and from whom one needs to keep oneself at a distance of at least [six feet].”
What will the future be like? I thought I knew. I don’t know.
This could be an outcome, something Hannah Arendt wrote about other matters but applicable here: “The less we are free to decide who we are or to live as we like, the more we try to put up a front, to hide the facts, and to play roles.”
And this won’t change, I’m certain, what Paul Virilio described as: “hyper-mediated modernity…constant texting, filming, social media sharing…living does not count unless you are documenting it.”