Why is everyone so obsessed with AOC? Let's analyze the memes

This sense of familiarity allows people to find themselves and one another in the narratives she creates. In many ways, a lot of theconversation about her has moved away from the concrete day-to-day policies she talks about to what she represents to people. And that translates into collective community building through social sharing and remixing of that same narrative. [...] 'The fan practices we see — like fan art, fanfiction, cosplay — these same practices are about community.'

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The End Of Empathy

"Breithaupt called his new book The Dark Sides of Empathy, because there's a point at which empathy doesn't even look like the kind of universal empathy I was taught in school. There is a natural way that empathy gets triggered in the brain — your pain centers light up when you see another person suffering. But out in the world it starts to look more like tribalism, a way to keep reinforcing your own point of view and blocking out."

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