From The Culture of the Copy, Hillel Schwartz (1996)

Seems like the ground was well-prepared for selfies and for normcore. “Our false intimacies lash us on to a narcissism ever enamored of but ever discontented with likeness … Amidst a parade of electronic spectacles, all we make of our selves is suspect … The best we can manage in a world of simulacra is a visage unavoidably generic.”

Schwartz adds in a passage later in the book that “our self-portraits now neither anchor nor extend us because we are no longer sure of ourselves as originals.”

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