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[Things I Read] History of Authenticity

Updated: Mar 6






...in the context of a highly commodified and surveilled culture where we always seem to be on stage.


everyday life, including politics, becomes a theatre for the individual’s self-creative performance

Alone in front of a computer screen, the social-media user, despite pretensions toward self-creation, is fundamentally spectatorial and passive. This is a posture not of authenticity but narcissism


The word ‘authenticity’ comes from the Greek authentes for ‘master’ or ‘one acting on his own authority’ (aut = self and hentes = making or working on/crafting).



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