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Commenting on it, Mary Harrington said that under-25s believe “editing their meat avatar” is an extension of human rights. “The core contest now,” she wrote, “is over what the accepted balance is between inner self-perception and the immutable, objective outer self.” And this is the heart of the problem:

The paradox is that if all our identities are created only by ourselves, in order to be ’real’ they must be authenticated by a neutral, authoritative state. Hence the weirdly totalitarian nature of meat-avatar subjectivism https://t.co/vk8z5le1r4

— Mary Harrington (@moveincircles) June 28, 2021

Harrington tells us to expect “the political demands that flow from this digital refashioning of personhood to become more insistent and irresistible.”

That seems to be the direction things are heading. Maybe it is true …

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