Loss of Rationality: Kant, Consumerism, and Democracy


My current read is Net Privacy: How We Can Be Free in an Age of Surveillance, written by Sacha Molitorisz, which is unexpectedly intensely philosophical in its approach. At little over the halfway mark, whilst it seemingly hasn’t answered the question posed by the subtitle, it has still been a fascinating book that I would recommend. Although I do intend on writing a piece on it relating to the commodification of data and privacy, here I want to jump on a bit of a tangent. Molitorisz references Immanuel Kant a number of times, and it is one reference to “rational beings” that I am homing in on.

Because in the modern world, Kant’s rational beings are seemingly dwindling.

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The Age of “Free” Information: Is It Falling, Or Did It Never Exist?


A newspaper’s primary source of income has been advertising since the beginning. Papers are not free to produce, and they had to make money somehow. With the introduction of the internet, a lot of information, including journalism, has become more readily accessible, and for a long while was free. But can a site that makes its money from corporate advertising really be considered “free”?

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