We let demand for individual happiness, freedom and material welfare displace our ability to love. Modern technological civilisation stimulate the liberated and playful human, the Homo Ludens (from Latin meaning ‘man the player’), to freely seduce or let himself be seduced by the fun and games of our media age. However, this magic is usually short-lived. The superficial images of clichéd-filled advertising media contrast glaringly with what create strong friendship or love – what makes someone go out on a limb or care for someone else. Love cannot be bought, and if you are obsessed by freedom, you will not have the time for it. A gift such as love, is given when least expected. But, you must possess, which Kierkegaard deems ‘the urge for love’ – if you do not, you will be the poorest of all.
Modern French philosophy contributed several original and dynamic perspectives on our freedom-affirming, technological society. The French post-modern – which I deem trans-modern – technological thinking, has moved within several fields. The technology is described as pure speed (Virilio), simulation (Baudrillard), rhetoric (Barthes), aesthetics (Lyotard), and as technology of the subjective (Foucault), or as machines of desire (Deleuze/Guattari). Canadian Arthur Kroker, on the other hand, characterises the communication society as obsessive individualism. The point being that the current social guides let life be characterised by the virtual media reality. We are surrounded by media such as computers, mobile phones, iPads and TV, and influenced by the ensuing expression racket. It is almost possible to re-programme the human experience through the digitalisation wetware – the enormous media machinery which is indirectly connected to us. We have already surpassed, at least the MTV-generation has, the dialectic between human liberation and oppression. It is no longer about simulation or alienation. The virtual or aesthetical media room of freedom, will gradually substitute the physical and interpersonal real of experience. We let ourselves be obsessed by a new world where our digital dreams come alive.
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