How could you do this to us?

Fascinating development on the hijacking of emotion by the digital-driven culture of transparency – fans of One Direction film themselves crying over the breakup of their magic fivesome.

The ambivalence in the exposure of a moment of alleged vulnerability is both literal and metaphorical: we are left unsure as to the spontaneity of the emotional outburst, or whether its motivation is merely the staging of yet another opportunity for self-exposure. Possibly both.

A broader reading signals further detachment from introspection, a space for potentially slow self-development, emotional regeneration and quiet self-reconsideration now rendered instant, external, caricatural and impact-driven.