24 hours on-line with TikTok tradition critic Rayne Fisher-Quann

Welcome to 24 Hours On-linethe place we ask one extraordinarily internetty particular person to doc a day of their life taking a look at screens.

For those who’re on a sure nook of Gen Z-leftist-feminist-media-criticism TikTok, you already know Rayne Fisher-Quanna 20-year-old author who’s been massive on the web ever since she joined it: As an adolescent in Toronto, she grew a large Instagram following as a result of her greatest pal acquired well-known on a Nickelodeon present, and since then she’s constructed equally formidable audiences on Tumblr, Twitter, and most lately TikTok, the place she discusses feminism, leftism, psychological sickness, and, nicely, herself.

“I’ve at all times been superb at getting individuals to concentrate to me, and that is not essentially a constructive persona trait,” she says. Throughout her 24 Hours On-line, which happened in mid-February, Fisher-Quann experiences the fear of going viral, reads in regards to the vibe shift, and displays on the very twenty first century dissonance of commodifying oneself whereas critiquing the idea of self-commodification

Right here she is, in her personal phrases:


9 am

Every single day I get up at 9 am, name-search on social media to verify every little thing’s gone nicely, after which return to sleep. That is my worst and most obsessive behavior. I intend it is due to my evolutionary want to gossip or no matter and never only a symptom of low-grade narcissism.

At this time somebody stated I am their literary Phoebe Bridgers. Another person was like, “What the fuck is flawed with Rayne Fisher-Quann? Please take a multivitamin.” Honest.

I’ve a flurry of notifications and a pair hundred new followers from a podcast I recorded some time again. It is my pal’s podcast Binchtopia, which individuals name “Pink Scare for good individuals.” We talked about accountability and leftism. It is a very massive podcast so I used to be type of nervous, however it was obtained tremendous nicely.

The TikTok video I posted yesterday acquired 100,000 views in a single day. For those who speak to someone who is not on the web and also you inform them, “I went viral,” they will be like, “Congrats, that is superb!” And in case you inform that to somebody who’s on the web, they will be like, “I am so sorry, are you okay?” As soon as your video begins getting 100,000 to 300,000 views, that is when it enters a crowd that is not used to you or the belongings you speak about.

11 am

My followers discover that I washed my hair and congratulate me. I am very clear about my psychological sicknesses on-line, and my followers know that I solely wash my hair a couple of times a month, it is type of like an inside joke. I discover it very releasing to be like, “I am type of disgusting.”

There’s positively a variety of stress with ladies in my place to do the cool-girl persona, the new woman mental, the author in a babydoll costume. I feel some individuals positively view me as one of many cool women, however I noticed some time in the past that I could not purpose for that. I am simply not put collectively sufficient. I am making an attempt to carve out this house that feels a bit totally different, the place I appear like shit and put on the identical sweater for per week and by no means wash my hair and nonetheless type of imbue that with its personal eroticism. I feel it is very sensual to be grubby.

I browse [the Instagram account devoted to cringe TikToks] @favtiktoks420 and @atlboards, which is a boutique bulk sweet distributor in Atlanta who arranges gummy sweet onto plastic boards and sells them for a whole lot of {dollars}. Her movies of her tackle a surreal, nearly dadaist high quality if you watch sufficient of them. She is continually stepping into controversies and her feedback from her are at all times actually nothing however violent, vitriolic hatred and she or he simply retains posting video after video of her enjoying round with bulk sweet slathered in grease. I want to write and direct an art-house movie about her sometime.

I do the Wordle and kill it. To not brag.

2 pm

I make a TikTok about vocal fry. I have never had a ton of vitality for severe analytical movies recently — perhaps melancholy, perhaps as a result of TikTok is type of shedding its vibe for me. Once I began on TikTok there was this cohort of younger, actually good ladies speaking about feminism and politics, and of the individuals who had been widespread after I began, I feel I am the one one nonetheless doing it. The capability for nuance is so low and the eye spans are so low. I feel I acquired in on the proper time, however I really feel like persons are craving longer-form content material.

That is why my Substack has been actually good to me. I do not like how intimately my look and my voice and the standard of my tools have an effect on the way in which that my message is obtained.

I attempt to take a cute selfie for IG whereas brushing my enamel and by accident drool 100% of the toothpaste onto my shirt.

I learn the Minimize’s “vibe shift” article. Everybody has very developed takes on it, however I used to be entertained. The shift towards “indie slip” or no matter is nice for me personally, as a result of I am fairly gross. I really feel like I’ve a visible stink which you could’t wash out.

4 pm

I hit 28k followers on IG. Instagram promoting will get to me: I lastly chew the bullet and make a Skims order. I have been carrying the identical bra day by day for like, three years.

6 pm

I watch, like, three hours of Inventing Anna. There’s nothing I like greater than shitty TV. It isn’t even ironic enjoyment! Like, I like The Bachelor.

Lots of people have been tagging me in a really good TikTok! It is bizarre to see individuals’s adverse opinions of me, however it typically nearly feels even weirder to see individuals’s constructive opinions of me.

10 pm

I put up the image of me drooling toothpaste on myself on Instagram, and it will get 4,000 likes. I briefly marvel what individuals from highschool consider me.

11 pm

I want I used to be higher at not being on the web, however sadly it is one thing I actually crave and likewise that I’m simply actually good at. I’ve at all times been superb at getting individuals to concentrate to me, and that is not essentially a constructive persona trait. I actually respect people who find themselves fully offline and who aren’t self-commodifying. Wanting again at my posts seems like if you’re at a celebration in center college and notice too late that you’ve got been speaking louder than everybody else.

Generally my social media presence is like gonzo journalism of myself, which is in itself a deeply narcissistic endeavor. Nevertheless it’s onerous to seek out depictions of psychological sickness and womanhood on the web that are not fully sanitized and are not put by means of this careerist lens. I’ve very troublesome OCD and persistent melancholy, and when individuals speak about psychological sickness on the web, very regularly it is both this extraordinarily palatable, sanitized model of psychological sickness, or it is hopeless and nihilistic. What I attempt to do is present in intense element what it is prefer to be exceptionally mentally unwell and never hate myself for it. I make it very clear that I’ve compassion for myself, and I feel that is vital for individuals to see which you could have all of this stuff flawed with you and nonetheless care about getting higher.

I fall asleep. I feel I’ve positively gotten over the hump of feeling fully overwhelmed by the burden of different individuals’s opinions of me. It comes up every now and then, however more often than not, it is simply enjoyable. I am a lady who loves consideration.

Complete display screen time:

7 hours, 40 minutes

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