The heartbreaking, beautiful, and angry chaos of today's media will be on display during Perpetual Revolution, the new exhibit at the International Center of Photography's beautiful museum on the Bowery. It comes on the heels of their brilliant debut show on modern surveillance, and takes on a seemingly impossible subject: how online images reflect and change our physical lives.

This modern era of protest livestreams, badly-photoshopped racist memes, mesmerizing photojouranlism, and hashtags that leap out of timelines and into shouting lungs, Perpetual Revolution offers up the chance to stop and take stock of it all. Curators Carol Squiers and Cynthia Young have chosen six themes (Black Lives Matter, Gender Fluidity, Climate Change, Terrorist Propaganda, Refugee Crisis, and Right-Wing Fringe) to illustrate how images have worked to both propel and confound social movements. The results, of course, aren't pretty.

From the gripping, high definition propaganda of ISIS to the mislabeling of the refugee crisis as a "flood" to the limits of photojournalism in an era of distracted apathy, the goal is to show how we are living in a very strange and dangerous time when images are posted, edited, shared, and even falsified so quickly that they're impossible to control. Images become fast tracks to violence, fear, and in rare moments even justice. The exhibit will challenge and enthrall not only photographers, but anyone who spends even the smallest portion of their day connected to the world.

Perpetual Revolution Opens Friday, January 27th and runs through May 7th // 250 Bowery, Manhattan // Admission $10-14