By Zygmunt Bauman
This liquid smooth global of ours, like every drinks, can't stand nonetheless and preserve its form for lengthy. every little thing retains altering - the models we stick with, the occasions that intermittently seize our awareness, the issues we dream of and issues we worry. And we, the population of this global in flux, suppose the necessity to comply with its pace by means of being 'flexible' and consistently able to swap. we wish to comprehend what's going and what's prone to occur, yet what we get is an avalanche of knowledge that threatens to weigh down us.
How are we to sift the data that truly issues from the tons of dead and inappropriate garbage? How are we to derive significant messages from mindless noise?
We face the daunting job of attempting to distinguish the $64000 from the insubstantial, distil the issues that subject from fake alarms and flashes within the pan.
Nothing escapes scrutiny so stubbornly because the usual issues of daily life, hiding within the gentle of misleading and...
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And then the mysteries they hide, profuse and profound mysteries – those turning strange and puzzling once you start thinking about them – can be laid bare and explored. The distinction made by Benjamin almost a century ago is no longer as clear-cut as it originally was: sailors no longer have a monopoly on visiting bizarre lands, while in a globalized world in which no place is really separate and secure from the impact of every and any other place on the planet, however far away it might be, even the tales told by an erstwhile peasant may be difficult to distinguish from a sailor’s story.
Professor Jonathan Zimmerman of New York University notes that up to three out of four American teens spend every minute of their available time glued to the websites of Facebook or MySpace: chatting. They are, he suggests, hooked on making and receiving electronic noises or screen flashes. The chat websites are, Zimmerman says, new potent drugs to which teens are now addicted. You’ve heard about the withdrawal torments of people, young and not so young alike, addicted to other kinds of drugs; you can therefore imagine the agony those teens would go through were some virus (or their parents, or their teachers) to block their internet connections or put their mobiles out of operation.
These letters are no exception. Their number has been arbitrarily chosen. Why this number, though, and not any other? Because the 44 figure, thanks to Adam Mickiewicz, has been made to stand for the awe of, and hope for, the arrival of Freedom. And so this number signals, if in an oblique manner and only to the initiated, the guiding motif of these missives. The spectre of freedom is present in every one of these 44 otherwise thematically varied letters – even when, as is the nature of spectres true to their name, invisibly.
44 Letters From the Liquid Modern World by Zygmunt Bauman