What defines a person’s existence? A photo ID or their Internet activity?
It’s a question that has been losing its irony lately. There’s the news of a traveling couple that allegedly went missing in Perú but in actuality was just taking a break from Facebook updates. And Full Stop has us thinking about the former pop star Art Garfunkel and how much his novel personal website has influenced his popularity today.
For all of us, Art Garfunkel included, being alive on the internet requires a constant imposition of personhood against this bare existence. What makes Art Garfunkel so special, so weirdly alive, is the truly odd way he has gone about parading his personhood on the web.