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The Reality Overload: The Modern World's Assault on the Imaginal Realmby Annie Le Brun
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A powerful critique of the increasing mechanization and homogenization of modern life
• Shows how the constant force-feeding of too much information dispossesses us of our deepest connections
• Describes a link between the destruction of the environment with the assault on our individuality, creativity, and ability to think for ourselves
What underlies the many problems of the modern world--from accelerating rates of extinction and desertification to the increased alienation of the individual--is a reality overload, an increasingly invasive mechanization and homogenization of modern life that glorifies consumption and conformity. This overload has been created from the constant force-feeding of too much information, a phenomenon that dispossesses us of our deepest connections to time, our physical world, and each other.
Annie Le Brun explains that the degradation of the environment mirrors the devastation going on in our minds revealing a link between genetically modified foods and the transformation and decay of our language and communication. There is a direct relationship between the rupture of the great biological balances that govern the planet and the equally devastating rupture in our imaginal realm. The imaginal realm is the home of our dreams and the perceptions that feed our thoughts, individuality, and creativity. Without its influence we are forced to live a drab, alienated lifestyle based on consumption alone. If, as Shakespeare claims, “we are such stuff as dreams are made on,” this theft of our imagination by the reality overload threatens the very foundations of our existence.
Consumption, conformity, mechanization and homogenization in modern life create a reality overload that robs us of our connection to time, the planet and each other. The degradation of the planet mirrors what is happening to us, in our imaginal realm.
The constant force-feeding of too much information causes a reality overload that robs us of our living connection to time, the physical world, and each other. The degradation of the environment mirrors what is happening to us in our own imaginal realm, the home of our dreams, creativity, and individuality.
About the Author
Annie Le Brun, a member of the French Surrealist group during its later years, is a poet and essayist who has written books on subjects as varied as the work of Raymond Roussell and the war in the former Yugoslavia. Her groundbreaking work on the Marquis de Sade has been translated into English as Sade: A Sudden Abyss. She lives in Paris.
Table of Contents
Annie Le Brun, Ecologist of the Imaginal Realm
1 The Network Prison
2 The Devaluation of Dream
3 Light Pollution
4 The Sterile Horizon
5 Reconditioning Culture
6 A Widespread Twisting Around
7 The Word as False Witness
8 A Language of Synthesis
9 Where Is the Metaphor?
10 Poetic Outrageousness
11 A New Order of Promiscuity
12 The Rejection of the Negative
13 Virtual Positivities and Negativities
14 The Rationality of Inconsistency
15 Relative Absolutes
16 Subtractive Aesthetic
17 Sensorial Climate Control
18 Religiosity Running Wild
19 Unisex Eroticism
20 S/M, or Sexual Role-Playing
21 Corporeal Illiteracy and Genetically Modified Learning
22 Educated Vandalism and Bodybuilding
23 Concrete Dematerialization
24 The Virtual or Duplicated World
25 Cultural and Biological Sterilization
The Theory Overload
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