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Proponents of rationalism and free debate are perfectly willing to silence any conversation that questions their perceptions of the world. But when our daily lives are absurd in the most dangerous ways, the answer isn’t to fall back into the trap of responding with more fantasy.
In this essay, I apply a three-player model of instrumental observation to one case of documentation and performance online — survivor vlogs — to argue that information collection and consumer-user engagement with online content constructs legible narrative realities, making up categories of people and experiences.