Modernity and Sociopathy

The Third Position Journal

Introduction

In this essay we will be discussing the social impacts of television and how the advent of on-demand streaming services has changed social life. We will be arguing that the mass media plays a large role in disseminating a Weltanschauung (worldview) throughout the world which is antisocial to such a degree that one could call it sociopathic.

This is not an over exaggeration. The author of this essay is not the only one who has seen this trend emerging in Western society. For example, Christopher Lasch’s The Culture of Narcissism (Lasch, 2018) highlights the emergence of many sociopathic traits in Western society and how these traits are being encouraged and reinforced through the system itself (including the mass media). Lasch fails, however, to understand the behavioural characteristics he is discussing are not just aspects of narcissism. His reliance of Freudian psychoanalysis and references to psychoanalysts prevented him…

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