Thomas De Zengotita

Thomas de Zengotita is a contributing editor at Harper's and teaches at the Dalton School and New York University. He is published in Harper's and Shout, and completed his undergraduate and graduate education at Columbia University. His book Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and How You Live in It, won the Marshall McLuhan award in 2006.

MARS HILL AUDIO Conversation 34

Mediated: Thomas de Zengotita on Postmodernity & the Flattered Self

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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, resulting in what Zengotita calls “the flattered self.” 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.


Volume 78

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Guests on Volume 78: Mark Bauerlein on the causes of disengagement of college students from concern for intellectual and civic life; Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn on television, children, and acquiring a sense of reality; Sam Van Eman on the view of the good life advanced by advertising; Thomas de Zengotita on Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It, and on postmodern individualism and "reality" TV; Eugene McCarraher on how American management theory became an influential source of religious meaning and practice; and John Witte, Jr. on how law embodies a view of human nature, and why religious viewpoints have often been ignored.