30 Jan 2022

Pathetic McFlurry

Him and her. They sit on a sofa in a tiny rented London flat. The city wakes up into yet another busy evening. They opt for Sebastião Salgado: The Salt of the Earth. McDonald’s arrives just when the film presents famine in Sahel. He hits spacebar, he runs down, he thanks, he runs up, she thanks, she hits spacebar, they continue.

As Netflix streams «through 2,073,600 little peepholes» Salgado’s photos of the enforced famine, she notes with a disgust or vile disappointment: “This McFlurry is pathetic.” Next photo comes on: breastfeeding twins.

Empathy asks attention. Resource constrained automata mistake shock for caring. Resource constrained automata adapt, to luxury, misery.