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Einsteinian relativity and artistic modernism were both “persistent attempts to destroy frames of reference.” Industrialized war proved that “power could not be entrusted to absolute rulers,” and so it was devolved to people in democracies. A new cult of individualism emerged in Ayn Rand and the occultist Aleister Crowley, which gave rise to the Rolling Stones, the invention of teenagers and Reaganomics. But at last came the Internet, which showed that we cannot, after all, operate as atomized individuals. In retrospect, then, the individualism of the 20th century was just a blip, coming in between imperial hierarchies and the brave, flat new world of digital interconnectedness.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/secret-history-1452881704


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William Thirteen
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AC makes the WSJ!


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gurugeorge
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"Atomized individuals" lol - shows you right there that the writer doesn't understand individualism but is taking his cue from chattering class nonsense.


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William Thirteen
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everybody's gotta have a gimmick 😉

also: "new world of digital interconnectedness" = "star-sponge vision"?


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@WilliamThirteen wrote:

also: “new world of digital interconnectedness” = “star-sponge vision”?

Yes! This first occurred to me - and I claim no uniqueness in the thought - when I first had the great pleasure of reading William Gibson's Neuromancer.

There was a bit of a loop when moving on to Bonewits's Real Magic (very highly recommended) with its 'Web', defined there as: The total pattern of all energy and matter and their interconnections.

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