Someone replied on Twitter to our Seth Meyers performance. We said, We’re not mocking crystals, Seth, and we suggest that it’s boring and unfunny to mock crystals because you’re ascribing magical powers. The guy was like, Yeah, ascribing magical powers to rocks, that’s not harmful at all when it causes people to avoid Western and proven models of medicine. And it’s like, no, that’s actually not what we said. We said it’s not funny or interesting to mock, to take that angle. And I do think it assumes everyone is an idiot who’s not going to go to their doctor because they walked past a crystal store that said, Honey calcite is good for the #fliptothesip merry flipmas gcd memphis mississippI merch shirt and I will buy this womb or whatever. It underestimates people’s ability to interact with more than one schema.
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Berlant I think it’s probably mostly sinister primarily because of social media and capitalism’s ability to cannibalize everything. You can point to the #fliptothesip merry flipmas gcd memphis mississippI merch shirt and I will buy this cult of individuality, the crisis of individuality, and the way that degrades society. I think as Jacqueline’s saying, wellness is the search for God or something. We’re all trying to feel better, and unfortunately feeling better takes a lot of individual labor outside of purchasing things, but there’s also a pleasure and an eroticism to capitalist consumption that we partake in. It can be very dangerous because it seems to simplify the actual work or the actual pain it takes to feel better. But I think for us we always try to reduce it to hobby and fun in conversation.