44 Letters From the Liquid Modern World by Zygmunt Bauman

By Zygmunt Bauman

This liquid sleek global of ours, like any beverages, can't stand nonetheless and retain its form for lengthy. every little thing retains altering - the models we keep on with, the occasions that intermittently seize our cognizance, the issues we dream of and issues we worry. And we, the population of this international in flux, consider the necessity to comply with its pace by means of being 'flexible' and continually able to swap. we wish to understand what's going and what's more likely to occur, yet what we get is an avalanche of data that threatens to weigh down us.

How are we to sift the data that truly concerns from the lots of dead and inappropriate garbage? How are we to derive significant messages from mindless noise?
We face the daunting activity of attempting to distinguish the real from the insubstantial, distil the issues that topic from fake alarms and flashes within the pan.

Nothing escapes scrutiny so stubbornly because the traditional issues of daily life, hiding within the mild of misleading and...

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Any settlement is unlikely to be the last. In all probability, each will remain open to reassessment and renegotiation – and permanently … On secrecy (and so obliquely on privacy, individuality, autonomy, self-definition and self-assertion, for the simple reason that the right to secrecy is an indispensable, crucial, defining attribute of them all), Georg Simmel, arguably the most insightful of the founders of sociology, commented that to stand a realistic chance of survival, the right to keep secrets needs to be acknowledged by others.

Unlike its offline alternative, the online world renders an infinite multiplication of contacts conceivable – both plausible and feasible. It does this through reducing their duration and, consequently, by weakening such bonds as call for, and often enforce duration – in stark opposition to its offline counterpart, which is known to find its bearings in a continuous effort to strengthen bonds by severely limiting the number of contacts while extending and deepening each of them. This is a genuine advantage for men and women who would torment themselves with the thought that a step they have taken might (just might) have been a mistake, and that it might (just might) be too late for them to cut their losses.

What was so revolutionary about Vivienne’s pronouncement? Two things. First: a kind of information that until then was deemed to be quintessentially, even eponymously private, was made public. And second: the public arena was used to vent and thrash out a matter of thoroughly private concern. What is ‘private’? Something that belongs to the realm of ‘privacy’. For what is understood by ‘privacy’, let’s consult Wikipedia (the website known to meticulously, and quite often expeditiously seek and swiftly reflect whatever is currently taken by common opinion to be the truth of the matter; and to be zealous in updating it day in, day out, thereby chasing and trying to capture in flight the kinds of targets that are notorious for running faster than even the most dedicated of their pursuers): ‘Privacy’, I read in the British version of Wikipedia on 8 March 2009, is the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves or information about themselves and thereby reveal themselves selectively … Privacy is sometimes related to anonymity, the wish to remain unnoticed or unidentified in the public realm.

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