(As part of the Global South Center's conference on 'Social Ecologies')
We live in a time where even our passing curiosities are monetized. Yet, there remains the persistent need for coalitions, cliques, groups, chapters, subscribers, districts, cabals, covens, boards, teams, task forces, think tanks, gangs, and trustees. Identity-making by committee.
I wonder, did we always know ourselves only in relationship to other people? And, if so, is this an inherent vulnerability of human connection? Has friendship become a lifestyle marketing tool? What is a friend, when a curated portrayal, via social media, is preeminent?