The Curated Self

Through two key periods between 1999 and 2008, I curated and edited the United States counterculture website Disinformation. University of Melbourne academic and Jacobin Magazine contributing editor Miya Tokumitsu gets the neoliberal dynamics of self-curation right in her New Republic essay:

 

The personalization and creativity connoted by today’s popular understanding of curation also relate to the projection of certain kind of authenticity—one that is publicly visible and determined by consumption. Hence the eager embrace of “curation” within the spheres of social media and retail shopping. These are the arenas in which we can most easily construct microcosms and publicly projected pastiches of our selves, structured entirely by our own preferences.