How social media changes identity, personality, memory | Parker Posey


I wanted to find a place for myself to cast
myself in a book and me starring on paper and play with the persona of the movie star,
which I think people are interested in and find entertaining. I always did. And I come from—my family, they’re performative
people. But I think every memoir is a self-mythologizing
act, and in this digital time right now, the new screen time, the rise of this new screen—what
are we losing? And what can we make to connect us even further
to our own mythologies and our own stories and our own family? So when I was writing this I saw my trajectory
and my family and my grandparents in these stories, so the act of writing was an interpretation
and a period of catching this kind of energy in these stories. And it’s performative too, and that was
also something that was coming through with the act of writing, was wanting to connect
with people and maybe even travel with it, which I think could be really fun. A really casual karaoke party where people
really “mean” the song and they’re not performing it, and they’re not imitating—and
just play. You know, chill out, leave your cameras. There’s no one in the audience; we’re
all going to be on stage now, isn’t that what this new screen is allowing us to make—even
more fiction? It’s an interesting time. For me it’s like a separation and there’s
a difference between a façade and a persona. A façade is evil but a persona is something
that you play with. A façade is something you can’t really
break through. But I think all these archetypes are all inside
of us to work through, to really listen to, to be conscious of, to play with. And we should be playing with it. We should be acting out—in a safe space. Why is Halloween so popular? What is everyone getting out of dressing up
for Halloween or Comic Con? There’s a real desire to break out of our
skins and to be something bigger, something different.




Comments
  1. Please do a video about "how to title videos". You could call it "what is a typical head volume". Then everyone interested in what is a typical head volume would click on it. (It's about 4 litres).

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  3. I like her courage to show up on camera without having sat for hours in a make-up chair beforehand. Makes a statement about persona vs facade in a flash. She’s cool and casual.

  4. woooohw ! Whut ?
    I did not know that someone can talk so much without saying anything.
    Or maybe there is some coherence there; I just could not bring myself to
    see it. I played this several times, and yet , I feel like I could as well read a dictionary.

  5. It must take some sort of skill to be that indirect about everything yet somehow keep the persona that you are maintaining the topic confidently and with your own style. Fuck if I could do it.

  6. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that she's the result of social media. Or at least a caricature of someone overly exposed to them.

  7. "You know?" Yeah, "I know", that you struggle with simple thought processing and tasks… you goddamned idiot savant.

  8. Thank you to Parker Posey. I'm a writer, though mostly a poet, and this makes me want to write a memoire about my life, mythologized, as she notes, but truthful and relatable at the same time. Great piece, BT.

  9. I recognised this woman right off the bat and was like "Why is Big Think letting crazy people talk on their channel?" After checking the comments, I'm glad I never ventured further than ten seconds in. Less crazy new age magic people, more astronauts and scientists, please.

  10. ever since she did the film Dazed and Confused she has taken on those characteristics in her identity, personality and memory.

  11. Genuinely sounds like an A.I. generated talk (I really hope it is, otherwise… ..sorry?), maybe trained on some social media posts?

    Examples:
    TED-RNN – https://medium.com/@samim/ted-rnn-machine-generated-ted-talks-3dd682b894c0
    SciGen (earier technique, but sort of relevant) – http://news.mit.edu/2015/how-three-mit-students-fooled-scientific-journals-0414

    A fitting auto-generated [non-AI] tribute (makes as much sense as the video):
    https://www.song-lyrics-generator.org.uk/kjdmkep/mistress-of-acting.html

  12. This would have been more insightful had she removed the sunglasses after a minute and replaced those with a scuba mask. And replaced her swami hat with a live clucking chicken.
    I forgive her rambling because she is clearly high on prescription medication.

  13. Could've used more structure here big think! Let us see the prompts she was working off of, or given her more Qs or time to formulate her ideas?

  14. You guys that are being critical, she is an actress and a really good one at that. And she's writing about how through life we put a lot of our inner feelings and expressions into a display of art or performance. Just stop judging and start taking things from others perspective not always your own. I think it was a vague vid. But she is an artist they are normally a bit out there, in her case I think people are being to harsh. If you have seen the new Lost in Space she plays Dr. Smith so well that you actually love to hate her character. Definitely a good performer

  15. Dear Parker Posey, we got you!! You talked nonsense on purpose, to see if the audience of this channel buy it. We didn't. You act very well. Congratulations.

  16. I guess. Being the son of a schizophrenic helps you see better huh, I won’t judge in how late you guys are, but I expect you to move faster on all the topics around the world, some “geniuses” are busy taking care of their families, we are counting on you.

  17. I thought I was a fan of Parker Posey, but now it is evident that I would not like to be caught in a conversation with her at a party.

  18. gave this only half it's time before pausing to write this…this is total garbage. she must be stoned, really stoned. And not used to weed or something. She's not even coherant. Babbles, makes up words, and talks about an idea she still hasn't conveyed to us half way in. Way to go big think….another piece of garbage. And those glasses are hideous, almost as bad as her whole look. Did she know someone was recording? GARBAGE

  19. I love her but I believe she thinks she’s in a therapy session. Feels like she spaced the interview and winged it last minute.

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