OUR MODERN WORLD

The Others’ Gaze

23 August 2022

The gaze of others defines us. So long as we are alone, we do not possess an outside vision of ourselves to which our acts can be referred; we exist within our inner being, which has no identity and no characteristics. But when others enter the pictu …

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The Digital Self

20 April 2022

The other day I wasn’t sure I existed. So I googled myself to be sure I did. There was my face, my book, my speeches, my interviews, even “my quotes” – selected excerpts from my book on Goodreads. I existed, alright! For the first time in my life (an …

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When the Digital World Overwhelms the Real

5 April 2019

The New Zealand massacre from a new angle   The digital world has obtained a life of its own and has now begun to conquer the real world. On the Ides of March 2019, Brenton Tarrant, an Australian white supremacist, entered two mosques in Christc …

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Digital Flooding

30 July 2017

We have ceased to communicate, for we speak in sound bites. We have ceased to be ourselves, for we exist for the others’ gaze. We have ceased to be original for we conform to the multitude’s demands. Yet none is a more serious predicament than that.. …

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But Everybody Does it

8 November 2016

It is supposed to be the phrase that vanquishes all opposition: “But everybody does it!” Or its corollary: “But nobody does it!” Your elaborate argument, your opinion and carefully expressed points, amount to nothing. Whatever you have just said or a …

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The Era of Sound Bites

23 October 2016

We live in the era of sound bites. The overwhelming majority of our communication has been reduced to posts, tweets, text messages, and one-liners. Attention spans have dwindled, and argumentative reasoning has been reduced to “the final statement,” …

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