Social media: While the public is a place where free individuals have the right, and perhaps also the duty, to participate in a free exchange of opinions, the social is more about herd and control. Are we now faced with a social control that does not invite disagreement and diversity, but only obedience or exclusion? The rise of the social can threaten both freedom and individuality. MODERN TIMES prints here an extract from Einar Øverenget's new book, Intoleransens intog.
ESSAY: How can it be that some politicians can lie as much as they want, like President Trump, and at the same time be perceived as truthful by their voters? We look at how the philosopher Hannah Arendt defined the difference between the traditional and the modern lie, as the difference between hiding and destroying. And how the truth can be faked because one can finger reality.
Pablo Servigne, Raphaël Stevens, Peter Sloterdijk: How Everything Can Collapse / Infinite Mobilization
DISASTERS: We humans have lost control of the development we have started. The catastrophe is a warning that comes too late, and the elites make themselves unresponsive to the danger signals. Can we avoid panicky escape from the common problems?
Arne-Johan Vetlesen Routledge: Cosmologies of the Anthropocene
A GOOD NATURE?: In the philosopher Arne Johan Vetlesen's new book, environmental problems are a symptom that our way of thinking is completely wrong. Do we need to open up to the fact that everything around us is animated?
Sarah Bakewell: Existentialisterna. A story of freedom, being and apricot cocktails
: The Existentialists stared at the emptiness in the white eye – and still tried to preserve their humanity. Göran Rosenberg reads a brilliant story about a bunch of philosophers who remain relevant even today.
: Hannah Arendt's realizations about the existential impossibility of escape are burningly relevant, and constitute a basic premise in the documentary about the philosopher who himself fled to Paris in a politically polarized time.
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