Sincerity and Hyperreality: The New Sincerity Ethos
Humans crave sincerity. We want vulnerable, intimate human connections, and many of us try to find it in literature, poetry, movies, etc. In the 1990s, a literary movement called “New Sincerity” erupted, encouraging vulnerable connections between writer and reader. While the movement was short-lived and controversial, I believe sincerity is still prevalent as a contemporary cultural ethos, found in poetry, film, and even politics. Social media has aided in the publication of sincere contemporary poetry, but also offers a platform for hyperreal performances like that of President Trump, who ...
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