You can't help it
All those people who say that "well, technology, you can take it or leave it" yeah you really can't. It isn't a question of YOU taking technology, technology TAKES YOU...
We are all the unwitting and unwilling recipients of technology, whether it be through our food, transportation, computers, TV, what have you. For example, it's cheaper and more expedient to lace all processed foods with some derivation of genetically modified corn and/or soybean products ( and usually some derivation of being "hydrogenated"). If you don't want to spend a lot of money on food, can you really avoid these ingredients?
If you're constantly pressured to pay your bills and do your banking and shopping online, how can you avoid having to use a computer? And if you're one of the millions of people in this country who still don't have one, thank goodness for your local public library! ( I still pay bills with paper. Don't bank online.
Watching the film "Ingrid Goes West" was a majorly disturbing experience. It wasn't really a dark comedy; it was SAD. It made me extremely uncomfortable because I saw myself in this person. I'm addicted to my cell phone, but more than anything, I AM that insecure, weak-willed girl who wants so badly to be liked, to be popular, and I could see myself in her behaviors, in her tics. I've never tried to stalk anyone, but it feels like all my friendships with women have been on a par with her behavior.
I'm the inferior one, I'm the one who should be so happy that this girl even pays any attention to me.
Aside from this, the hypocrisy of the "cool girl" Ingrid tries to emulate and ingratiate herself to is showcased, representative of today's emerging economy of the "influencer"; the it girl whose lifestyle is pretty much for sale, her entire existence a commercial for the finest living, full of avocado loaded food stuffs, mini potted succulents, basket purses, and tropical vacations.
( I don't know if this is a end times sign of a society in a decadent decline like the Roman Empire was accused of being before its' end, but the existence of individuals whose income comes from living a perfectly curated life of parties and vacations and going for hikes in beautiful places and pronouncing spiritual affirmations with cute instagram filters is decadent in the extreme.) In a time when corporations are laying everyone off and are more inclined to employ slave labor in countries like China, what is a pretty girl to do? What is anyone to do? Lots of people are going into business for themselves, which I think is a great trend, but being in the business of yourself seems to be a precarious and pretty exclusive trend.
So someone like me might get jealous, and I would LOVE to make a living doing this! Having fun and eating nice food and wearing pretty clothes and someone takes a picture of me and I post it and I make a living: fantastic!! Maybe Ingrid deep down realizes this about life and knows that it is her duty is to try to be as popular and exclusive as possible in this vein. I knew this lesson instinctively going to American elementary school; my first priority was to be popular, to be one of the rich, exclusive popular girls. And it's a never-ending theme through to the end of your life in this country, even if it seems like it has evaporated by the time you finish high school.
No, it never disappears.
It reemerges in the media, in your job, in your social circles, in entertainment, in government, EVERYWHERE. And of all the popular mini-cliques in existence, there is one that reigns over them all, what the media calls "the one percent", (or conspiracy theorists have dubbed "the deep state").
Technology just makes this all more of a cage.
In the past, you were free. You could go out into the woods and have the freedom to starve if you didn't have the skills to survive ( which you probably didn't because people didn't really live that detached from nature hundreds of years ago and how the hell did get TO NOW???).
Now, there is nowhere to go, and the cell phone is the cage of the mind and these city streets. And Ingrid was just doing what she needed to survive. She profoundly understood the prerogative of humanity, which is to be at the top, and she mobilized all her forces to attain it; she's not crazy. She sees more clearly than the rest of us.
I started an Instagram account a few months ago because I had pictures from a long road trip I thought I could showcase. It's an addictive activity, a constant heady binge on beauty and frivolousness, and I feel jealous of the ladies who can make their livings this way. I also feel sad and constrained and frustrated by what a limited and phony experience it is. I accept that it's the wave of the future, but I don't really like it, and I really DON'T accept it, and THANK THE GODDESS, I don't do it very well at all. (I have never made a "hashtag", don't have the will or inclination to do it, and only have a few followers, most of whom are probably robots.) Sometimes it's good to fail at things.
Katarinskaia Menendez used to harass THE HELL out of this one girl in elementary school, but looking back, realized she was simply an instrument of " karma-payback" for that girls' smugness; she deserved it.