Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer
“What finished destroying any 'we' the old country possessed—now that I think about it—was when we, too, became the media. When we sold ourselves for nothing. When we became anonymous online. When the vilest could be heard and amplified. When any fame, or infamy, meant we were alive. Split-second reactions with a Love ping, or quick condemnations with a Hate ding, these became our identities. We reduced thought to three sentences. We stopped talking to each other except through our media; we stopped wasting and creating time as selves alone; our media selves became our only selves. At first I imagined it a new culture. Amusing stupidities, I thought.
But these reactions, did they damage our thinking forever? These games, over years, did they reprogram our interactions with each other, becoming our reasons, arguments, even moral beliefs?...
What saved me, what gave me a sense of perspective, was also what had condemned me: I had been born at the edge of the edge of a crumbling world."
—Library Island, by Sergio Troncoso, Michigan Quarterly Review, 2017.
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Last updated: Dec 12, 2017