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The authenticity hoax : how we got lost finding ourselves

Author: Andrew Potter
Publisher: [New York] : Harper/HarperCollins, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Weaving together threads of pop culture, history, and philosophy, The Authenticity Hoax reveals how our misguided pursuit of the authentic exacerbates the artificiality of contemporary life that we decry. Potter traces the origins of the authenticity ideal from its roots in the eighteenth century through its adoption by the 1960s counterculture to its centrality in twenty-first-century moral life. He shows how this  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Potter
ISBN: 006125133X 9780061251337
OCLC Number: 419859613
Description: 296 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Malaise of modernity --
False return --
Creative self --
Conspicuous Authenticity --
Perils of transparency --
Vote for me, I'm authentic --
Culture is for tourists --
End of history.
Responsibility: Andrew Potter.
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Weaving together threads of pop culture, history, and philosophy, The Authenticity Hoax reveals how our misguided pursuit of the authentic exacerbates the artificiality of contemporary life that we decry. Potter traces the origins of the authenticity ideal from its roots in the eighteenth century through its adoption by the 1960s counterculture to its centrality in twenty-first-century moral life. He shows how this ideal is manifested through our culture, from the political fates of Sarah Palin and John Edwards to Damien Hirst and his role in contemporary art, from the phenomenon of retirement as a second adolescence to the indignation over James Frey's memoir. From this defiant, brilliant critique, Potter offers a way forward to a meaningful individualism that makes peace with the modern world.

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