Hannah Arendt was never on Facebook, she never sent a tweet – and she never posted a photo on Instagram. The reason is the simple fact that she died in 1975. At that time the concept of social media was meaningless, because media was public, not social, and that is a significant difference – even if today we are no longer able to see what it the difference is
For Arendt, however, the distinction between the public and the social was central to understanding how currents that totally reject our freedom and individuality can grow at all. In both cases, it is a question of a kind of intercourse between several people, but the core of that intercourse is entirely . . .
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