It is a funny, strange world that we live in. I think the world has been normalized to most through the education system, media and just the fact that the weird becomes normal when we live through it everyday of our lives. If we were born in to a tribe of cannibals cannibalism would be a normal part of our lives but it does not mean it is actually normal or acceptable, it just means that our minds have been programmed to accept it as normal. A lot of things that are now considered to be normal would have been considered to be strange and alien to us as little as ten or twenty years ago.
For example it is now perfectly “acceptable” and “normal” for kids as young as ten (or even younger) to be on social media sharing pictures of themselves with the world. The trouble is (call me old fashioned if you will) its not normal its fucking disturbing actually (at least to me it is.)
It makes me ask what could be considered “normal” in another ten or twenty years time? As technology and the world moves towards virtual reality are we going to forget about actual reality? We shouldn’t because what happens in the virtual world of the internet can still have a huge impact on people in the actual real world and real reality.
In the days of the Victorians it was considered to be perfectly “normal” to hold on to the dead for months or years sometimes and even put them in to poses for photographs. Obviously this was mainly due to the high cost and rarity of having photographs taken at the time and peoples desperation to have something to remember their loved ones by but it is still very strange, scary, disturbing and dark to our modern day society. But ask yourself this; Is it anymore strange, disturbing and dark then children crying out for attention on Facebook? Is it any more strange, scary, disturbing and dark then clothing companies (like Primark) adding pad to make it look like young girls have breasts? I don’t believe it is. Why?
Because the Victorians were mourning their loses by doing this, this was done out of sadness and desperation not simply an attempt of gaining attention.