The nineteenth century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote the essay “In The Present Age” where he analyzed the philosophical implication of a society dominated by mass media. He complains, as a result of which “there is no more action or decision.” Do you think that Kierkegaard’s rationale is humanistic as he is trying to awaken the individual human spirit from the trance of the crowd? How can we look at Kierkegaard for resisting the philosophical concept of nihilism promoted and expressed by the ways the internet is used?
“The Present Age” by Soren Kierkegaard
“Kierkegaard on the Internet: Anonymity vs. Commitment in the Present Age” By Hubert L. Dreyfus
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