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How do we live in the “always-on world”? “Philosophy in the Smartphone Age: Adventures over Lost Loneliness” released
Discover Twenty One Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President: Naomi Taniguchi) will publish “Philosophy in the Smartphone Age: Adventures over Lost Loneliness” (written by Yoshihiro Tanigawa) on November 18, 2022. Did.
Modern Man “Trying to Run Away From Himself”
The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said in his book Zarathustra: ===
For you too, life is hard work and uneasy, so aren’t you tired of living? […] You all like hard work. I like the fast, the new, the unknown. –You are not good at tolerating yourself. Somehow you are trying to forget yourself and escape from yourself.
When you hear the word “hard work,” you may think of work, but it doesn’t stop there.
For example, isn’t this kind of life becoming rare?
On the monitor, while the PV of the new Netflix drama, which had become a hot topic, was automatically playing, I listened to the archive of the late-night delivery of the commentator with earphones, retouched (processed) the image on my smartphone, and sent it to my friend. At the same time, I can feel the smell of kakuni wafting from the “home appliances” I set up earlier.
During this time, the download of the e-book I just bought is being processed in the background on my smartphone, and I’m keeping a call with another friend on Discord on my computer.
We are doing detailed tasks at the same time so that we do not call this “hard work”. I didn’t realize they were running concurrently. Nietzsche said, “You are not good at enduring yourself. Somehow, you are trying to forget yourself and escape from yourself.” Surrounding our lives with stimuli, we are escaping from ourselves without facing our own anxiety and confusion.”
How should we live in the smartphone age?
What did the development of the Internet and the spread of smartphones bring about? It is an “always-on world” where you can connect with others anytime, anywhere.
With portable devices, it is possible to obtain other information and participate in other communications somewhere other than here. But some things are lost in the always-on world. It is -isolation- and -loneliness-.
-Isolation- is the state of being detached from others and focused on something. Multitasking divides our attention and prevents us from immersing ourselves in one thing.
-Lonely- is to have a dialogue with yourself. Losing -loneliness- means that you can’t stand boredom, you want some stimulation and communication, and you can’t face yourself.
-Loneliness- here is different from -loneliness-.
-Loneliness- is when you feel that you are alone, even though you should be surrounded by many people, and you can’t hold onto yourself and depend on others.
Smartphones, a new medium, respond well to the loneliness-induced needs such as “want to connect” and “want to fill boredom”. However, since that connection is tenuous, it can suddenly become empty and make you feel “alone even though you are connected,” and accelerate loneliness.
We need – solitude – and time to face ourselves.
In this book, in addition to philosophers such as Nietzsche, Ortega, Hannah Arendt, and Pascal, as well as Haruki Murakami and Evangelion, various subjects will be used to break through the current situation in which we are deprived of our independence. We will discuss “loneliness” and “hobbies” to secure it.
This is a book in which an up-and-coming philosopher continues to consider how we should live in the smartphone age.
【table of contents】
Chapter 1 A Field Guide to Getting Lost, or How to Live Without Dying in a Zombie Movie
Chapter 2 Philosophy for not thinking with one’s own head: The ability to think based on the problem solving of geniuses
Chapter 3 Lost in constant connection – Loneliness – Philosophy in the smartphone era
Chapter 4 Loneliness and how to create hobbies: Dialogue brought about by negative capabilities
Chapter 5 A society that tries to forget boredom with high tension and busyness Chapter 6 Boredom seen through the cracks of hedonistic dullness is a signal to change yourself
Born in 1990. A philosopher living in Kyoto.
Completed doctoral course at Graduate School of Human and
Environmental Studies, Kyoto University. Ph.D. (Human/Environmental Studies). Currently a specially appointed lecturer at the Department of Design, Faculty of Fine Arts, Kyoto City University of Arts. Although he is a philosopher, his activities are not limited to philosophy. By developing their personal qualities and philosophical skills horizontally and acquiring new knowledge and skills, they will not only be involved in research in other fields such as media theory and sociology and practical training in design, but also work with business. We have often collaborated.
Author of Shunsuke Tsurumi’s Words and Ethics: Imagination, Popular Culture, and Pragmatism (Jinshoin) and Philosophy of Faith and Imagination: John Dewey and the Genealogy of American Philosophy (Keiso Shobo). Co-authored “Reading Classroom” (Shobunsha), “Yururepo” (Jinshoin), “Future Design and Philosophy” (Keiso Shobo), “Media Content Studies” (Nakanishiya Publishing), Neon Genesis Evangelion and Philosophy (Open Universe), Whole Person Education in East Asian Universities (Routledge), etc. He also translated Martin Hammersley’s Dilemma in Qualitative Social Research: Herbert Bloomer and the Chicago Sociological Tradition (Keiso Shobo). ing.
Title: “Philosophy in the Smartphone Era: Adventures in Lost Loneliness” Release date: November 18, 2022
Publisher: Discover Twenty One
Specifications: A5 format / 312 pages
List price: 1760 yen (tax included)
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