Is Kanye West Even Human? – 8-Bit Philosophy

Is Kanye West Even Human? – 8-Bit Philosophy


Imagine being allowed into every party in the country – from the most lavish and exclusive extravaganzas to small house parties. No need to actually be invited — your invitation is… your face. Your presence isn’t simply welcomed — you’re always the guest of honor. Just by being there, you turn the party from a celebration to a life event for the other guests. In fact, you are almost certainly paid to attend. Although this may seem outlandish to you and me, this is the daily life of a celebrity. Celebrities live an almost incomprehensible life. Unlimited access to any venue, unbridled acceptance, and adoration — they have the ability to access a world that is almost outside the realm of thinking, so much so that it may not be out of the question to ask: “Are Celebrities Even Human?” No one seems to exemplify the peculiarity
of celebrity more than musician/mogul Kanye West. What is it that makes Kanye so different
from the rest of us? “I’m a creative genius.” Turning to a single philosophy to answer that question is a little unfair since the answer is complicated, but the short answer is: perhaps Kanye suffers from a warped sense of the self, like many celebrities. For Sociologist Charles Cooley the self is
created through a process of interaction with others. We aren’t automatically the fantastic people that we are today — one does not become Kanye at birth. Rather we construct a sort of “looking glass self,” where we become ourselves by mirroring how we appear to others. The way that people respond to our actions conditions our behavior. Society serves as a mirror that reflects who we are back at us. The shame, guilt, anger, acceptance, or displeasure that we feel reflected back on us determines the thing that we call “the self.” It’s the reason people tend to only pick their nose or sing when they think no one can see them, like when they’re alone in the car. For celebrities, self-image is a little different — it’s like seeing yourself reflected in fun house mirrors of the paparazzi and pop culture. The media creates a sort of self-awareness that grows from that reflection. By having your identity redirected back at you through Yahoo, TMZ, press conferences, YouTube comments, and social media, it creates a “media self.” A media self that might accidentally run for president in 2020. “I have decided, in 2020, to run for president.” Consider the study of collegiate basketball players by ethnographers Patricia and Peter Adler. Over the course of five years they
found some interesting internal complications. As the players they studied met with more
and more fandom, they changed — they transformed into the role that they played for the camera — they became a caricature. They believed, and came to completely inhabit, the hype surrounding them. In short, they got big heads. They developed a sort of glorified self, a self-aggrandizing persona that was swept up in the intoxicating, passionate, emotional, amazingness of fame. Lets call that self Yeezus. Living a life in the constant public eye creates an antagonistic split between the actual self, say Mr. West, and Yeezus, and, in the end, one of the personalities tends to overshadow the other. It’s the same as when famous YouTube personalities get swallowed up in their exaggerated camera personas, so that they are expected to
always be that personality. They are expected to yell out “How’s it goin….Pewdiepie!” or “Leave Britney Alone!” Perhaps they become that YouTube persona all the time. There’s internal conflict between the desire to be your full self, in all it’s complexity, and the rush from inhabiting the media self and bathing in the constant adoration of the public. “I just wanted people to like me more!” With basketball players there is always a coach to keep them in check, but who is there to stop YEEZY from marrying a Kardashian? The answer? “You can’t tell me nothin.” Maybe the problem isn’t an inner conflict
between selves internally competing. Perhaps Kanye is just great at branding —
perhaps he’s just playing us all. “Uhuh, honey.” According to extremely influential American sociologist, Erving Goffman, “we are all just actors trying to control and manage our public image — we act based on how others might see us.” We act to avoid public embarrassment. The people we meet are never really who they seem — they are all performing in order to maintain damage control. The person we see in music videos, in the tabloids, on television is exactly who Kanye wants us to see. “You just do it, you don’t hold back. But if Kanye isn’t tricking us all, if he
really is an egomaniac, does it really matter? Living in a world where people are taught
to be humble, compliant, and to avoid arrogance, a “unique spirit” like Kanye may seem a little out of place. The personal quirks of Kanye are perhaps best understood in terms of the works of Johan Casper Schmidt, otherwise known by his pseudonym: Max Stirner. Or to the Australians: Mad Max Stirner. In his most important work, “The Ego and Its Own,” Stirner establishes a philosophy that he describes as egoism. Rather than something as base as simple self-interest, he argues that egoism is concerned with self-governance, or personal freedom without internal or external constraints. Giving up your own personal ends in any situation amounts to un-freedom, whether that means obeying your parents, repressing desires because of religious beliefs, following general customs of courtesy at awards shows. “I’m really happy for you, Imma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time!” Each instance is an example of being a slave to someone else’s ends. To be a slave to a concept, a god, family, government is to devalue your own ends. The egoist lives in a relationship of property with people and objects — everything exists for the individual, and they ought to have unlimited ownership over the world. Everything exists for the individual self or ego. It means that, in plenty of situations, egoism justifies lying… “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” cheating… “I don’t think anybody knew there was an issue with the balls.” stealing… “Lohan plead ‘not guilty’ to felony grand theft.” arrogance… “Anyone who comes to my show has the time of their life.” … or hording all the good beats for your own album. “All day, all day!” Most people would object, “That’s immoral.” Stirner might respond, “Who cares what you think.” The same way Kanye might say exactly what he is thinking regardless of your feelings. “George Bush doesn’t care about black people. So dear viewer, what do you think? Is Kanye the victim of a warped sense of the self or is he a maniacal egoist? Either way, one thing is for certain: The 2020 presidential debates are going to be a spectacle.

100 Comments on "Is Kanye West Even Human? – 8-Bit Philosophy"


  1. 4:50 Unique Spirit? Maybe it's just different points of view but honestly Kanye seems to be the perfect example of how self obsessed we are told to be today.

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  2. intresting? I think if you can read minds, your like kanye. he can literally feel the vibes in the air, wants the good. only good.
    I'm shock, I just realized we are fucking actors, to look cool.
    Kanye says fuck being cool.
    I have yet to see or even * actually know the artist some what for who they actually are and how they express themselfs. I haven't even went into more detail about kid cudi. 21, I'm still Barley knocking down and on the door to open to see the bigger picture. this is real, but some will call it or look at it as..crazy.

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  3. Kanye is a mad genius, I say! I'd want to be like him if I weren't… y'know, afraid of the government…

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  4. who is this angel who narrates 8-bit philosophy? his voice makes me feel I'm 4 years old on a cold winter inside a cozy hut, sat by the fireplace, wrapped in warm blankets with some hot chocolate.

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  5. well one reason to feel sorry for celebrities they are pathetic insecure people who need constant admiration, and attention. SAD!

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  6. Kanye West is acting, and doing public stunts. To be honest, it is quite entertaining and he did highjack quite a lot of headlines.

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  7. I have lived in the US for 3 years and have never heard anyone praise humility. Sometimes I hate America.

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  8. Dunning–Kruger effect: He goes on about how smart etc he is, strong evidence he's actually a bloody idiot.

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  9. it is quite clear that some portion of this "wisecrack" cohort just really likes kanye west and have wedged him into far too many (as it seems to be more than one) of their videos.

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  10. What's the point of living large if without purpose? The egoist is not mearly free of others, he is free of direction. In fact we are all already free to bahave selfishly if we wish, we could at any time but that is the less fulfilling option on the scale of an entire life so many of us freely choose differently.

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  11. We, as the internet commenters on Wisecrack videos, need to spread awareness: Kanye West NOT FOR PRESIDENT 2020!

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  12. Except if you're from Acca Dacca.
    The most human, down to earth people, and they don't even call themselves "celebs". Just regular guys, good friends that make great music.

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  13. Growl slowly out "Kanye" and it sounds like the grunt you make when either giving birth or taking a shit.

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  14. For real, though, Kanye should've ran this past election. People would've paid to see him and Trump go at it in a debate! But now it seems Donald don't even want the job, so we might not get that chance in 2020

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  15. party becomes work because of a lot of bad elements to where working at fast food becomes more appealing.

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  16. Kanye West is probably secretly a shape shifting lizard person from the planet Omicron Persei 8 coming down to earth as an offering from god Xenu. Come to the church of scientology to seek redemption from the grasp of the great lord Cthulu

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  17. People think psycopaths are serial killers. but a psycho is pretty much a self centered asshole with some kind of autism

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  18. Nah, I'd never let him in. That dudes fucking crazy. Listen to the insane shit that comes out of his mouth. 70% of it is nonsense, I swear.

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  19. i don't care for the use of the george bush quote clip. kanye may in general be self-righteous and perhaps even egoistic, but that was a moment of kanye using his privilege as a celebrity on national television to say something that frankly needed to be said. also celebrities, especially music artists, are under slept and over worked. it would drive anyone crazy.

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  20. With that kind philosophy and sociological thinking, is that the reason why Kurt Cobain killing himself? If yes, should we be the one to blame for his suicide? Because I have this experience, I work as crew for some talkshow in Indonesia TV channels. In one episode we have a guest Julia Perez, and she play the persona of bombshell sluty girl. When I talk to the manager, he said that she actually kind a decent human being. Now she's gone because of cancer, even when she in her worst conditions at hospital she still play her persona as sluty bombshell. This make questioning my own career choice, because i help to established the symptoms of media identity and spread it. Up to this day not many people know about who Julia Perez as an individual, only her closest associate that truly know her as a person behind the camera. What people know that she is just an sex object that sells her massive boobs, great ass and her sluty shit, that only cause many controversy and scandals to media.

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  21. arrogance is underrated. we try to pretend being confident and into yourself is a bad thing. LOL. it's the best.
    i mean i am the best.
    suck me.

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  22. i'm confused about egoism. wise crack you acting like A. how people are seen is what matters but really if you got a nice good arrogant ego then you don't give a flying fuck. you know you are the best.

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  23. Kayne is an entertainer. and that means he is perfect to be president. 🙂 seriously. hahahahahaha>
    entertain me my slaves.

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  24. But the thing about Kanye is he was always as cocky and as arrogant. Listen to his stories. The stories of other people of how they met him for the first time. Before he was ever famous. Or even was signed. He knew he was amazing. He believed in himself. That's how he was raised.

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  25. No Kanye, you are not a genius. You are an idiot.

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  26. reading every ones kanye puns made me think that kanye might be crying out for help in his songs.

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  27. He's been fucked up since his mom died..and isn't he bipolar? Just give him his med and someone to talk to, for fuck sake

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  28. I'm surprised a philosophy channel would bother with analyzing the mindset of hollywood style celebrities (Hint: there's not a whole lot there to analyze besides cobwebs, in general) Basically, take a wino off the street, then dump a bunch of money on him/her, then you have an instant west coast celebrity, that's pretty much all there is to it.

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  29. When i was a kid i use to think celebrities weren't real people idk y ,but i just remember really not being sure if ppl on tv were real or not..weird asf

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  30. Interested in philosophy? Are you human? Or, are you Hyperian? Find out here. https://www.iamhyperian.com/

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  31. Wait… people are still paying attention to Kanye? No wonder Trump is still POTUS and reality shows are still a thing, people worship loud morons.

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  32. Kanye has Bipolar disorder, I feel really bad for him, I have Bipolar and BPD and I can't keep out of "trouble" either but I'm a nobody, the only people who see me acting out are the long suffering members of my community and the twenty-four hour Tesco…sadly for Kanye he doesn't have what I have, I have a CPN who genuinely cares about me, when I get too fucked up she puts me in hospital. Who has the power and compassion to do that for him?……

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  33. I am always extremely peturbed of what drives celebrities, like I would absolutely adore to be famous for a year, provided I get all the perks of sleeping with anyone I want, everyone looking up to me, driving the best cars, going wherever and ect

    But after a year I know I wouldn't be able to handle that spotlight anymore and I would gladly retire to pursue other things.

    I don't know why some celebs do everything to stay in the spotlight, is it insecurity? A drive for further power? Or do they just think this is how it should be?

    Cuz wouldn't you get bored after a while?
    No more chase… for example you just look at a woman/man and you can sleep with them or just go to a party and everyone wants to be close to you… I don't think I could handle all that attention…

    My proof is that when I got super popular in college once I enjoyed it for about a week but then purposely shut myself of after as I couldn't deal with so much attention lol

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