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Humanist Archives: Sept. 20, 2019, 6:04 a.m. Humanist 33.259 - There was a time when the Internet...

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 259.
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        Date: 2019-09-19 20:19:31+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: once upon a time

> There was a time when the Internet seemed to promise the world to the
> world. When it appeared to be opening up a benign, infinite network
> of possibilities, in which everyone was enfranchised and newly
> accessible to one another as they were drawn, in one of Jia
> Tolentino’s many felicitous phrases, to the “puddles and blossoms of
> other people’s curiosity and expertise.” It would be a world in which
> hierarchies in whatever guise would be upended, a democratic forum to
> rival and exceed the philosophical marketplace of ancient Greece (no
> exclusion of anyone, not women, not slaves). At the very least, it
> was a place where, because you could be sure that someone out there
> was listening, you would find yourself able to articulate the
> thoughts that, for lack of an audience, had previously threatened to
> remain forever unspoken, stuck to the tip of your tongue.

Thus begins Jacqueline Rose's "Song of my self-care", New York Review of
Books, 10 October
reviewing Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
by Jia Tolentino.

Read on.


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Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
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