The Compulsive Explainer

People have become spectators watching an illusion on a screen. Everything happens there, and all they can do is watch it, fascinated by what they see. They cannot imagine doing anything else, or being anything else.

Everything that happens happens on that magic screen. They do not watch the world, they watch it and think they are watching (and knowing) everything. When they know nothing at all – but what other people, the people in control of that screen, want to show them.

This history of this development has been described by historian Daniel J. Boorstin in his book The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-events in America. On the front page he quotes Max Frisch:

Technology…the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it.

What we relate to instead is our own world, which has been condensed onto that magic screen. Or, in computer parlance…

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