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Humanist Archives: Sept. 21, 2019, 7:42 a.m. Humanist 33.264 - There was a time when the Internet...

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        Date: 2019-09-20 12:42:19+00:00
        From: maurizio lana 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.259: There was a time when the Internet...

Il 20/09/19 07:04, Humanist ha scritto:
>> 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
> (https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2019/10/10/jia-tolentino-song-my-self-
> reviewing Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
> by Jia Tolentino.

we were there, there and also before.
i remember when turkle published "the second self" - it was 1984.
then the inner contradictions of the digital communication slowly
emerged: to evidence and awareness.

the main one being, for me, that the persons appeared to be able to
communicate to each other overcoming the inherent conditionings and
limitations of their physical existence in the physical world - but it

from now, looking back, one can ask how could i be so ingenuous?
now we are out of paradise. we are outside and we are in trouble with
the digital part of the world as much as we are in trouble with the
physical one. with are facing the evidence that nothing is granted,
everything must be built gathering forces, struggling, fighting.


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