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How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency (edició 2019)

de Akiko Busch (Autor)

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"Vivid, surprising, and utterly timely, Akiko Busch's How to disappear explores the idea of invisibility in nature, art, and science, in search of a more joyful and peaceful way of living in today's increasingly surveilled and publicity-obsessed world In our increasingly networked and image-saturated lives, the notion of disappearing has never been both more enchanting and yet fanciful. Today, we are relentlessly encouraged, even conditioned, to reveal, share, and self-promote. The pressure to be public comes not just from our peers, but vast and pervasive technology companies, which want to profit from patterns in our behavior. A lifelong student and observer of the natural world, Busch sets out to explore her own uneasiness with this arrangement, and what she senses is a widespread desire for a less scrutinized way of life--for invisibility. Writing in rich painterly detail about her own life, her family, and some of the world's most exotic and remote places--from the Cayman Islands to Iceland--she savors the pleasures of being unseen. Discovering and dramatizing a wonderful range of ways of disappearing, from virtual reality goggles that trick the wearer into believing her body has disappeared and to the way Virginia Woolf's fictional Mrs. Dalloway feels a flickering of personhood as an older woman, Busch deliberates on subjects new and old with equal sensitivity and incisiveness. A unique and exhilarating accomplishment, How to disappear is a shimmering collage of poetry, cinema, memoir, myth, and much more, which overturns the dangerous modern assumption that somehow fame and visibility equate to success and happiness"--… (més)
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Títol:How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency
Autors:Akiko Busch (Autor)
Informació:Penguin Press (2019), 224 pages
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This book is boring. It drags along and meanders to different subjects that seem interesting at first, but it doesn’t seem to have a cohesive theme or idea. It misdirects you at the very first chapter. From the title, I assumed it would be about how people are rebelling against the surveillance state that is so common in many countries today. However, the author decides to open by talking about how we actually see.

So as I said, the author goes and meanders from subject to subject. She tips her hat to one idea and moves on to another. Her prose is gorgeous; I will acknowledge that. She discusses the ideas of invisibility in popular culture with the Ring of Gyges, The One Ring from Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak, and so on. Eventually, she does get to the idea of the Surveillance State and how people are trying to be unseen in a world that craves attention, but by that time I didn’t really care anymore. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Sep 19, 2019 |
Raises interesting points on the crafting and control of personal identity in the modern digital era. I would have rated it higher, but I found some of the chapters--while still technology- or psychologically-oriented and interesting on their own, strayed quite far from the core subject. This editorial tenuousness made it come across as a couple partial books or a serious of articles instead of one focused, cohesive work, but I still found it timely and well worth the read. ( )
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"Vivid, surprising, and utterly timely, Akiko Busch's How to disappear explores the idea of invisibility in nature, art, and science, in search of a more joyful and peaceful way of living in today's increasingly surveilled and publicity-obsessed world In our increasingly networked and image-saturated lives, the notion of disappearing has never been both more enchanting and yet fanciful. Today, we are relentlessly encouraged, even conditioned, to reveal, share, and self-promote. The pressure to be public comes not just from our peers, but vast and pervasive technology companies, which want to profit from patterns in our behavior. A lifelong student and observer of the natural world, Busch sets out to explore her own uneasiness with this arrangement, and what she senses is a widespread desire for a less scrutinized way of life--for invisibility. Writing in rich painterly detail about her own life, her family, and some of the world's most exotic and remote places--from the Cayman Islands to Iceland--she savors the pleasures of being unseen. Discovering and dramatizing a wonderful range of ways of disappearing, from virtual reality goggles that trick the wearer into believing her body has disappeared and to the way Virginia Woolf's fictional Mrs. Dalloway feels a flickering of personhood as an older woman, Busch deliberates on subjects new and old with equal sensitivity and incisiveness. A unique and exhilarating accomplishment, How to disappear is a shimmering collage of poetry, cinema, memoir, myth, and much more, which overturns the dangerous modern assumption that somehow fame and visibility equate to success and happiness"--

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