Without body and time. Adventures of the individual and social psyche in the age of new technologies

Author/s Gino Mazzoli
Publishing Year 2020 Issue 2020/2
Language Italian Pages 25 P. 7-31 File size 252 KB
DOI 10.3280/RSF2020-002002
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The revolution fuelled by new technologies does not look like one of the many turning points in human history. It is as if the invention of the wheel, trains, electricity and of the computer had unified as an impact force and multiplied a countless number of times. We are thus not referring to one single invention, but to a continuous stream of inventions. The speed at which these innovations are introduced hamper social, personal, emotional, and cognitive adaptations. More specifically, the two fundamental features of human experience - space and time - seem to be excluded. This revolution strikes social imaginary - bolstered nowadays by an excess of experiences, assets, and rights - that expands massively through technological performativy. However, this topical reality - present in the unconscious mind and source of new mental disorders such as depression (currently, one of the main mental disease in the Western world) - is discontinued by the advent of the coronavirus. The subsequent world-wide halt raises universal awareness of the prevailing cultural background in which we are immersed and permits the labelling of problems. The individual’s psychic resistance can then be considered a political issue affecting everyone. A disenchanted slant on this situation could present the virtual world not only as a vehicle for manipulation or misleading bilocation - made possible through augmented reality or Second Life - but also as a moment of growth of man’s inner psychic dimension. At the climax of an anti-human drift, a space opens up to transit across to the new coming world the specificity and complexity of the human species.

Keywords: Corporeality and trust, speed and chronicity, virtuality and interiority, politicity of psychic hold, sharing and connection.

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Gino Mazzoli, Senza corpo né tempo. Avventure della psiche individuale e sociale nell’epoca delle nuove tecnologie in "RIVISTA SPERIMENTALE DI FRENIATRIA" 2/2020, pp 7-31, DOI: 10.3280/RSF2020-002002