You are encouraged to dance emphatically


In general, I find people’s rants about “authenticity” to be tiresome.  This is for several reasons, including but not limited to the fact that this is not a new phenomenon, or even one that is exclusive to the internet age; there is a value judgment inherent in invoking authenticity that is often entirely unexamined; and there is a sense of self-righteousness in most posts of this kind that reads as “I am authentic and people who do/buy/support x are inauthentic (which, due to my value-laden interpretation, is a bad thing).”

It is probably hypocritical of me, then, to have had a knee-jerk reaction to a blog post over at The Selvedge Yard, which I usually quite enjoy despite the author’s stated “passion for…authenticity” (among other things, of course).  

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