MARS HILL AUDIO Conversation 34

Mediated: Thomas de Zengotita on Postmodernity & the Flattered Self

On this MARS HILL AUDIO Conversation, Ken Myers and Thomas de Zengotita discuss how the omnipresence of “representations”—forms of communication that have been deliberately manipulated and designed to address you—contributes to the widespread sense of entitlement and partiality for autonomous choice. The postmodern condition of being constantly addressed by advertising, emails, text messages, and television results in what de Zengotita calls “the flattered self,” a self, which if left unexamined, increasingly believes itself to be the center of the universe. In his book Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It, de Zengotita identifies how despite our unprecedented ability to “make ourselves,” the overwhelming flow of images, options, events, and stuff generates feelings of helplessness, apathy, ambiguity, and resignation, all of which are often evasively expressed in the multivalent utterance “Whatever.” $6.

This item is available for purchase. Please log in or register to add it to your cart.

  • Description
    Track 1: Introductory comments
  • Description
    Track 2: On lifestyle and optionality
    Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It (Bloomsbury USA, 2005)
  • Description
    Track 3: On "whatever"
  • Description
    Track 4: On Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Descartes, & philosophical anthropology
  • Description
    Track 5: On postmodern representation and "the flattered self"
  • Description
    Track 6: On performing your life
  • Description
    Track 7: On the role of music in "self-creation"
  • Description
    Track 8: On self-awareness and the possibility of sincerity
  • Description
    Track 9: On postmodern life as post-cultural
  • Description
    Track 10: On reality TV, celebrity creation, and Mr. Rogers
  • Description
    Track 11. On "niceness" as the ultimate virtue
  • Description
    Track 12: Closing credits