In class today we were talking about how performance is Utopian. What we mean by Utopia is some sort of almost inachievable, perfect society. The reason performance relates to a Utopia, is because a performance is rehearsed, and is meant to show off the best version of something. Whether it be a band performing a song, a comedian on stage doing stand up, or even a human being performing gender by adhering to certain roles. These performances aren’t always synonymous with normal every day life because at times we make mistakes, and at times we aren’t able to represent ourselves and convey what we are trying to convey with 100% success and consistency. This also relates to what we were talking about with the idea of punk, and how that whole scene is about showing that you don’t fully respect authority, and you rebel against social norms.
I relate this to the idea of social media in our current day and age. It seems that a lot of the time, social media is all about some sort of Utopian performance. Rarely will you see people sharing the vulnerable, possibly negative sides of their life. For the most part, social media is about trying to convey how happy you are, or to capture all the best moments of your life, so they are permenantly etched into the internet, and are a spark notes version of all the best parts of your life. To me, this means that using someone’ Facebook or Instagram to learn about them can be a misleading way to analyze people. People are aware that everyone has access to their social media accounts, and are usually cautious to reveal any compromising information about themselves, or suggestive content for that matter. In the world of performance, we aren’t going to have a completely transparent representation of ourselves on the GIANT stage that is social media. Aside from the reasons I listed, why do you all think that is? Do you all think that your social media accounts are Utopian? I quickly skimmed through mine and found that they were very Utopian, with mainly photos of nature, or videos of myself playing the guitar, almost subconsciously conveying that I’m a tree hugging, guitar strumming barefoot hippie.