Why 'Tyranny of the Masses'?
Having broken through a few pain barriers, Jackson notes the following:
Our lives are ever more connected, disconnected, local, global, and consumptive. We are eco-friendly, green-washed, non-ideological, capitalist, apolitical, and confused.
Every day we come face-to-face with a constant barrage of human and environmental tragedies. We have more information at our fingertips than at any time in human history. You’d think this would make us more empathetic towards victims, the vulnerable, the dispossessed and the dislocated.
But it seems the opposite is happening.
Therein lies the paradox: we are ever more connected to what’s happening around the world, but end up feeling desensitised and apathetic. We find ourselves unsure about what it means, what it means for us and, perhaps most importantly, what it says about us - you and me as individuals - living life in the twenty-first century.
We ask: what is our involvement and what have we done or not done to contribute to the newsfeed?
The Tyranny of the Masses presents a theory about our current predicament. It’s an attempt to make sense of a world in which we are increasingly aware of the fragility of life on earth and evermore disregarding of its sanctity.
Jackson’s journey is a metaphor for the moral ambiguity of our times that explores our own complicity and agency in the leaderless Tyranny.