A conmunity offers the illusion of fulfilling social relations, with “friendship” that is minimally interactional, “values” that serve largely to provide distinction and superficial ideas of “purpose” that dress materialistic or egotistical obsessions up in the language of transcendence. They are often centred on “lifestyle”, health, travel, art and politics. They tend to be found online. They are not cults but can be cultish. Their members are often found talking in private languages, and with peculiar force, about subjects of relatively minor significance. They are a little sad.

About bsixsmith

I am a writer of stories and poems - published by Every Day Fiction, The London Journal of Fiction, 365 Tomorrows and Det Poetiske Bureau - and a columnist for Quillette, Areo and Bombs & Dollars.
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