Tatemae and Honne

This Japanese concept made a whole lot more sense to me when I read Alex Kerr’s Dogs and Demons, a deeply researched and scary portrait of modern Japan. A picture is painted of a nation that is ravaging its own cultural heritage, not to mention its economy, environment, and way of life. The bureaucracy of Japan is an unbelievable swamp …

Book Review: Present Shock, by Douglas Rushkoff

I loved Present Shock so much I went and bought another book of his, Life, Inc.  Present Shock unveils the schizophrenicizing effects of technology on our pysches. “Digiphrenia” is actually a term used in his book to describe such a scatter-braining effect on our consciousness, when we project into multiple selves online and in the real world. The main term he uses is “presentism,” …