Okay, you get the general idea. Unseemly access. You’ve been “everywhere”, you’ve seen “eveything”. We’ve touched on examples, but we could go on and on. Not only have you seen through the Hubble to the ends of the universe and clambered around on the ocean’s floor and entered the eye of a hurricane and descended into the mouth of a live volcano, but you’ve also watched the dinosaurs become extinct, and the first hominids take up the first tools, you’ve been on Mars, on the moon, at Hiroshima, and at Buchenwald, and you’ve penetrated the interiors of atoms and toured the circuitry of chromosomes. You’ve got 3D sonogram photos of your first grandchild as a fetus in your daughter-in-law’s womb, and your son is going to videotape the birth. And you’ve watched how many total strangers in what kinds of circumstances? Thousands of them, in their most extreme and intimate moments. People dying, people being born, being tortured, being saved, being operated on; you’ve been up their colons, in their wombs, you’ve navigated their blood vessels, you’ve entered their skulls to monitor their brain activity, you’ve watched them in kitchens and bathrooms and bedrooms, you’ve watched them fucking and sucking, engaging in every sexual act imaginable, you’ve watched them as they hear of the death of loved ones, you’ve watched them marry and divorce and cheat and lie and forgive and forget - is there anything you haven’t seen, anywhere you haven’t been?
The whole of history, the whole of nature, striking poses - just for you. Is this right? Are you “entitled” to this access? Who do you think you are?
— from Mediated, by Thomas De Zengotita