Peak alienation

Steven Welzer
Nov 17, 2021

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/11/facebook-metaverse-mark-zuckerberg-play-to-earn-surveillance-tech-industry

They want us to “buy into a vision where we spend more time sitting at home with virtual reality headsets on instead of going out into the physical world.”

A key element of the journey toward the modern Leviathan has been increasing alienation from nature and the land; less and less identification with a particular (and very real) place-on-earth.

We’ve arrived at hypermodernity, where life is supposed to be oriented toward globalization, cyberspace, the metaverse, and the technosphere. I think we’re witnessing the peak of this unhealthy, asocial, and anti-ecological phenomenon of going in the entirely wrong direction. The greening has begun.

(though . . . just begun)

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Steven Welzer

The editor of Green Horizon Magazine, Steve has been a movement activist for many years (he was an original co-editor of DSA’s “Ecosocialist Review”).