YouTube and the advent of affect morality: watching a homeless man speak

via How A Viral Video Changed One Homeless Man’s Life.

This is what has changed moral effect in post-modern society more than anything else. The reach of television (news, documentary) in the 60s and 70s allowed it to a degree, but what YouTube video proliferation has done is present an infinite capacity for us to FEEL, to have the affect response, to endless situations as they persist in the world, be they profound like revolutions in Iran or Thailand, or homeless persons on street corners, or frivolous like cats jumping out of boxes. Watch this viral video and experience the affect of his voice penetrate you as a viewer. When he tells you that he was drawn to radio because a radio personality can look nothing like his voice, and he does this with his voice coming out a face that has lived a very hard life, you can feel the in-concordance of the situation itself, the in-concordance of homelessness itself.  What happens when media reaches deep into a place you would never wander, and pulls out the affects of the experiences occurring there, something radical has happened, and this is something to a degree and reach never before in the history of what is human.

Moral response consists in a circuit. It is the experience of an affectual state in another human being (or perceived to be living thing), as your own, but also to some degree causally linked to you. This is what has changed in YouTube proliferation, the ability for the mirrors of affects to have spread to every corner.

And for those interested in Social Media, affects are what seriously matter. It is the electric speed of instant communication of states, be they by picture or word, sculpted to the medium expectations that carry them.