Barbarism and social media




Harding, Brian

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Genealogies of Modernity Project


Philosophers have not entirely caught up with social media. To be sure, many philosophers use it, but this is not the same thing as philosophizing about it. This is lamentable, since the ubiquity of social media is one of the most obvious changes to society in the last twenty years. While some philosophers of technology have addressed it (George Myerson and Justin E.H. Smith come to mind), much of this discussion is about social media ethics. Although this is important, it is superficial compared to the sort of discussion we need. For if the French philosopher Michel Henry (1922–2002) is right, the advent of social media further exacerbates the alienation of modern people from their own inner lives, with profound social and spiritual consequences.


Article originally published in Genealogies of Modernity. English. Published online 2022.
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Michel Henry, Phenomenology, Theological phenomenology


This is a published version of an article that is available at Recommended citation: Harding, B. (2022, April 20). Barbarism and Social Media. Genealogies of Modernity. Retrieved 2022. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.