On Digital Nihilism and Techno-Sadness: Interview with Geert Lovink (for Cyberzone)

G.W. Lovink, Marcello Faletra

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Abstract

Marcello Faletra: In Sad by Design–On Platform Nihilism you write: “The mania of social media is not a clinical condition of few people: it is the human condition.” Once the network was an extraordinary opportunity for the utopian elaboration of a combination of subjectivity in a horizontal, non-hierarchical way. However, the idea that the web could reterritorialize democracy bottom-up, turned out to be an illusion. Current platforms are producing a new type of individual, exploited by the primary material of the psyche, subjected to interactive centrifuges, resulting in a dramatic loss of memory, attention and will.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2020

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