By Zygmunt Bauman
This liquid glossy international of ours, like several drinks, can't stand nonetheless and hold its form for lengthy. every thing retains altering - the models we stick to, the occasions that intermittently capture our realization, the issues we dream of and issues we worry. And we, the population of this global in flux, believe the necessity to comply with its pace by means of being 'flexible' and consistently able to switch. we wish to recognize what's going and what's prone to take place, yet what we get is an avalanche of knowledge that threatens to weigh down us.
How are we to sift the knowledge that truly issues from the lots of dead and beside the point garbage? How are we to derive significant messages from mindless noise?
We face the daunting job of attempting to distinguish the real from the insubstantial, distil the issues that subject from fake alarms and flashes within the pan.
Nothing escapes scrutiny so stubbornly because the traditional issues of lifestyle, hiding within the mild of misleading and...
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With the skills of face-to-face interaction largely forgotten or never learned, all or almost all of what might have been resented as a shortcoming of online, virtual ‘connecting’ was widely welcomed as an advantage. What Facebook, MySpace and their like offered has been greeted as the best of both worlds. Or so, at least, it seemed to people who longed desperately for human company yet felt ill at ease, inept and hapless when they found themselves among it. To start with, there is no longer any need, ever again, to be alone.
All in all, the internet greatly facilitates, prompts and even necessitates the incessant labours of reinvention – to an extent unachievable in offline life. This is arguably one of the most important reasons for the time spent by the ‘electronic generation’ in the virtual universe: time steadily growing at the expense of time lived in the ‘real’ (offline) world. The referents of main concepts known to frame and map the Lebenswelt, the world as lived and lived-through, the personally experienced world of the young, are gradually yet steadily transplanted from the offline to the online world.
With ever more family homes empty during the day, and with family hearths and dining tables replaced by TV sets in every room – with people, we may say, ‘each trapped in their own cocoon’ – fewer and fewer people could count on the enlivening and invigorating warmth of human company; though without company they did not know how to fill their hours and days. Dependence on uninterrupted Walkman-emitted noise only deepened that void left behind by the vanishing company. And the longer they stayed sunk in that void, the less they were able to use the means before high-tech, such as their own muscles and imagination, to climb out of it.
44 Letters From the Liquid Modern World by Zygmunt Bauman