Comments on “Atomization: the kaleidoscope of meaning”


Pretty Tiles, Bad Mosaic

James Hansen's picture

The notion of the Atomized Mode leads me to wonder if there’s almost an inversion of the complete stance which recognizes eternalism and nihilism simultaneously, but in the wrong way. Too much meaning, in bite-sized morsels, becomes not enough meaning when those morsels are summed (in the sense that smooth connections are not possible). Or, is this sort of reasoning as easily applicable within the other modes?

This is a wonderful

Emiliano Bache's picture

This is a wonderful stratification of the current social landscape! I recently watched a music video from a link that contends with the “extremes” that the atomized mode pushes those looking to create unique things into acts that are truly “unique”.

'“Authenticity” of self, like

Ben's picture

‘“Authenticity” of self, like authenticity of culture, becomes meaningless when there is no “thine own” to be true to. ’ This is a very crucial insight, especially when so many culture warriors argue about “authenticity”. If you try to claim “thine own”, there will be critics who will tell you that you have no right to such a claim, which discourages further attempt to be anything other than a jagged individual. I think that this “authenticity”-based criticism also prevents fluidity, often through claims of cultural misappropriation. I’m not sure how we’ll get past this.

Atomization -> Sameness?

Sasha's picture

Odd that this atomization leads to such homogenization, conformity, sameness and mediocrity. “Gangnam Style”? Really? This is where it has all led?

“Now, everyone in the world listens to the same music, regardless of genre, again—just because it’s trending on YouTube.”

Not everyone. I don’t.

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