Can we escape who we are?
(A brief explanation on humanities guise)
 
If there is one thing that can be observed in today's culture, it's that the people who live in it desperately want to escape who they are. The evidence needed to back up this claim can be found by studying the sociological impact that social media has had on civilization since its creation. People who use it as their primary form of communication seem disconnected from who they are in the public eye. Once more, an elevated level of authority comes from these individuals, as if the power of the internet has granted them dominance that they usually would not possess. This is due to the anonymity that the internet grants. From an observational standpoint, people use the web to escape the confines of their daily lives. The reasoning is because it's a way for them to rebel from the traditional social practices of society, practices that they may not completely agree with. This "rebellion" leads to people's desire to re-invent themselves and become someone they've always wanted to be. Social media creates a sense of identity foreclosure in a culture that continues to push individuals to renovate themselves. However, this false lens induces confusion and ambiguity.

This confusion is due to humanities guise; the idea that because web-based communication allows for re-identification, it, therefore, creates concealment of an individual's true nature. While this idea of re-identification sounds like a healthy form of release for some people, this alteration of self has lead to countless issues of misinformation, false proclamation, and an artificial sense of superiority. This continues to pull people further down a rabbit hole of self-inflicted confusion, concern, paranoia, and questions about the world around them. This, in turn, leads to questions about universal truths, thus beginning the individual's journey to self-discovery (Campbell).
 


References
While there are many different sources taken in order to pull this research together, the primary references  are Plato's "Republic," Joseph Campbell's "The Hero's Journey" and "Power of the Myth," Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning," and the life and work of Adrian Piper, with a primary focus on her 1970's persona the Mythic Being.
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