Jul. 10th, 2017

exalhel: (harley)
This book is better than I thought it would be. I was expecting a 'young people now days are posting pictures of themselves on the interwebs and that's ~problematic~' but it's more of a social analysis of the western concept of the self.

The early chapters on western history are very generalised (goes from 'tribal' to ancient greek to christianity while skipping Rome entirely) but the chapters on neoliberalism and the self-help movement have been pretty informative so far. Interesting to see just how many terrible ideas have managed to worm their way into modern culture, and interesting to see just how *recent* they are.

For what it's worth, I hate posting my picture online, but I'm not convinced selfies are necessarily a form of narcissism. If online communication is being used as a digital substiture for face-to-face communication then yeah, it's probably not unreasonable that you'd want to see someone's face. Of course that brings up a different bunch of issues but that's not something I'll be getting into anytime soon.

Edit: I take it back. The author's case study for a typical Millenial was a girl who had very rich parents and was home-schooled. Bah.

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