Betsy Twobucks

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12/6/2015 9:10pm

On the gentrification of my psychic neighborhood:

The Miriam-Webster definition of gentrification is "the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents."

Is it appropriate to describe the slow-motion commercial colonization of the mind, regardless of class, as gentrification?

Self Images

goals and self images (and desired self images) being replaced for you with new ones, shinier ones, better ones. and often these ideas and ideals get replaced while you're still inside them, like having your house replaced with a shiny new version while you're asleep and you go outside and look at it and it looks all different. and then the furniture, and the clothes. but the furniture isn't comfortable and the clothes don't fit (already it's awkward) so you tear them off and try and find your old clothes, but you can't right away, so you're naked, which totally breaks the rules of the psychic neighborhood, if anybody sees you, but you can usually hide behind other thoughts till you find those old clothes, but now they're looking a bit scruffier and when you're out in your psychic neighborhood you start to get disapproving glances from your neighbors, and insist on wearing those old rags long enough or letting your yard go and pretty soon you'll find there are parts of your new gentrified psychic neighborhood you're not allowed to go to anymore, or at least made to feel real uncomfortable in. which is how you find yourself pushed out of your own psychic neighborhood - everyone else's thoughts have been upgraded, and if you can't or aren't interested in keeping up you get pushed out of that reality, and find yourself in a more low-rent psychic neighborhood, which now looks rather crappy relative to the one you just got run out of.