Read this without thinking it’s describing real life. (Challenge: IMPOSSIBLE)
A setting which, at first sight, looks nice and cute. The world is full of cheery colors, people are smiling, happy and helpful, and you’re probably thinking you’ve just stepped into a Sugar Bowl. Suddenly, you notice something wrong, and upon investigating, you realize that every single thing below the surface is horribly wrong and dysfunctional. Maybe the society is Powered by a Forsaken Child. Maybe the cheeriness is maintained by totalitarian rulers that dole out horrible punishments for the slightest infractions. Maybe the bright and shiny part isn’t the only part, and the more traditional Crapsack World is kept hidden from the public eye. Maybe people who ask too many questions or don’t meet the standards the society pushes for suffer unfortunate accidents, or disappear, or are labled as criminals. Maybe it’s just a manufactured atmosphere, full of nice-looking but fake towns and cities, or even a manufactured reality. Basically, this is a Stepford Smiler on the scale of an entire setting, where behind the bright, cheery and colorful appearance, it’s really a Crapsack World.https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CrapsaccharineWorld
Remember when that gay choir with the convicted pedophiles in it did that song “We’ll Convert Your Children”? It was in major key and the tune was generally very upbeat and happy for a song about raping innocence and destroying lives. It was a microcosm of America’s main exports–terrorism, buttsex, and buttsex-as-terrorism–and presented with that saccharine patina so familiar from those corporate animated videos about your duty to snitch on your coworkers. Forget Robert Greene books, you have to be post, post, post-ironic to enjoy baby-talking to people as you flex on them. Aww, does da widdle baby want to feed his kids?
Anyway, I bring this up to ask what it is about this aesthetic that’s so appealing to spiteful mutants in general. You see it in nearly everything they create for an intended audience of children. It’s as if, when putting a veil over a monstrous horror, they can’t help tucking in the corners so that its silhouette is showing. Is it just the deceiver’s urge to confess? Is it accidental honesty in the course of self-expression? Is it simple gaffes caused by social isolation from ordinary people (as in the case of Zuckerberg)? Is it infantilization?
My suspicion is, like Covid, BLM, the 2020 election, and the Dark Brandon speech aesthetics, it’s a form of demoralization. One of the two most important techniques in torture, to produce depersonalization, is to coerce the subject to willingly self-harm (e.g. “stress positions”). I think the point of coercing people to act like things are sunny and wonderful when the opposite is true is to produce this same depersonalization at scale.