6 thoughts on “How is our virtual life similar to The Great Gatsby’s?

  1. It’s true that people have started living a virtual and fake life for the virtual world, especially for seeking attention on social media. No one can do anything about this but ourselves. It depends only on us how we choose to live our life.

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      1. Excellent summation, Shivani, of Fitzgerald’s novel and its impact across societies and culture. My memories in this connection are linked to the 1974 screen version of The Great Gatsby, directed by Jack Clayton and starring Robert Redford as Gatsby, Mia Farrow as Daisy, and Sam Waterston as Nick Carraway.
        The novel and subsequent film versions have inspired cinema and theatre around the world with its treatment of social class, inherited versus self-made wealth, race, environmentalism, and its cynical attitude towards the American dream. Fitzgerald’s fictional narrative is a comprehensive depiction of that period, known for its jazz music, economic prosperity, flapper culture, libertine mores, rebellious youth, and ubiquitous speakeasies. The hedonism of Jazz Age society finds sparkling expression in a storyline tracing its way through historical context of the most raucous and flashiest era in American history. In Fitzgerald’s eyes, the period represented a morally permissive time when Americans of all ages became disillusioned with prevailing social norms and obsessed with pleasure-seeking. Fitzgerald himself had a certain ambivalence towards the Jazz Age, an era whose themes he would later regard as reflective of events in his own life. Despite enjoying the exclusive Long Island milieu, Fitzgerald quietly disapproved of the extravagant parties, and the glitterati he encountered often disappointed him. While striving to emulate the rich, he found their privileged lifestyle to be morally disquieting. At the end of it all, are we also not on the same page, disillusioned with the emptiness of facades and eager to move towards authenticity and meaningfulness?

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        1. Sir, you have a wonderful way with words! How well you talk about Fitzgerald and his timeless work. It was a pleasure to know more about the author and his time. Many thanks for writing this. And yes, we are all disillusioned and hopefully would find our balance amidst the chaos.
          Thanks again Sir for coming over and expressing your thoughts.

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  2. Remember when we were kids and there were no cell phones and we all played outside? Let’s face it, most of us are addicted to our phones. I am quite addicted to scrolling through Instagram and many of us like checking our email, social media updates and more. The truth is our cell phones buzz at us constantly. It seems there’s no end to the sounds of social media with the addition of the never-ending ringing phone we face each day. While it’s up to us to set boundaries for ourselves, we just haven’t done a very good job of it. And as our phones have become the “everything” that happens in our lives, our reluctance to plug it in and turn it off has only grown. I usually turn off all my push notifications from email, chat, and social media applications. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva

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    1. Thanks a lot Aiva for the lovely, detailed comment. I observe my obsessive instinct to reach for the phone every now and then – why do I compulsively do it? We are all addicted to some extent, I guess. And as you said, it is up to us to set boundaries. We need that! Thank you for sharing!

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