The Philosopher of FOMO: Tocqueville and the Paradoxes of Digital Individualism

 - Rory Schacter Ph. D. -

Thursday June 13th at 12:15pm.

14 Arrow Street Suite G10 Cambridge, MA

Lunch will be provided.

Anxiety, distraction, social fears and invidious comparisons, restless, depression: lately we've taken to blaming social media and digital technology for such general social woes. But Tocqueville, writing nearly near two centuries ago, already observed an enormous restlessness animating the life of democratic citizens, for better and for worse. This paper discusses his analysis of restlessness in light of contemporary political and ethical concerns over digital technology, in the hopes of better distinguishing the perennial from the novel in such upheaval.

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