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How to Disappear

At a time when the pressure to be outwardly “public” with the granular details of our lives and our minute to minute thoughts, and where the corporate network of image-making has become a reality filter that mediates our very existence, many people are expressing a desire to break from social networking sites and their powerfully seductive and artificial influence. Akiko Busch’s new book How to Disappear: notes on invisibility in a time of transparency is an interesting work of essay, memoir and cultural criticism that meditates upon the individual and cultural pressure to constantly reify our lives through social networking sites, corporations and our jobs. At the heart of the work, is an examination of the self and whether or not, reducing our level of visibility and self-promotion can work to enrich our life experiences and deepen our relationship to others and the natural world.



How to Disappear

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At a time when the pressure to be outwardly “public” with the granular details of our lives and our minute to minute thoughts, and where the corporate network of image-making has become a reality filter that mediates our very existence, many people are expressing a desire to break from social networking sites and their powerfully seductive and artificial influence. Akiko Busch’s new book How to Disappear: notes on invisibility in a time of transparency is an interesting work of essay, memoir and cultural criticism that meditates upon the individual and cultural pressure to constantly reify our lives through social networking sites, corporations and our jobs. At the heart of the work, is an examination of the self and whether or not, reducing our level of visibility and self-promotion can work to enrich our life experiences and deepen our relationship to others and the natural world.

Posted by Ryan Gage at 02/28/2019 04:24:17 PM