- How can we relate a general sense of post-authenticity with new and sophisticated tools for surveillance? How deepfakes coexist with automated facial recognition?
In terms of surveillance and post authenticity, I think looking at Tik Tok is interesting. Because while the surveillance happening there is not the same as one would have in a shopping mall, it is still happening in the pursuit to portray the “authentic self”. In the reading, Khattab talks about the pressure the users face to perform their body while knowing that it is being watched by other users and compared to other people. Tik Tok users are also constantly surveilling their own bodies and trying to change their performance in order to send a specific image of themselves without making it look like they are trying to do so, therefore remaining authentic.
In terms of deep fakes, I feel like it makes the knowledge of facial recognition software being out there even more worrying because when combined, the situation is completely out of our control. If facial recognition software is storing your face and tracking you, then combined with the ability to use your face in a deepfake, is worrying in terms of impersonation. When a deepfake of a celebrity is posted saying weird things, people question it, but if it is a random person saying those things, people dont question it as much because they don’t assume people would go to the effort of doing it for someone who is not famous.
- If authenticity is not the source of affect that it was, what it is?
I think that authenticity can still be a source of affect but in certain contexts. When people travel or go somewhere, they tend to try and have an “authentic” experience, by eating the local food and immersing themselves in the culture. Most of the time these people are not truly living like the locals of that place would, yet because of their lack of background knowledge on the subject, they don’t know that. To them, their “authentic” experience was a source of affect, because they don’t have anything to compare it to. If they had background knowledge of where they were, then they would know that their experiences were not authentic and actually just the typical tourist spots.