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The Reality Overload: The Modern World's Assault on the Imaginal Realm

The Modern World's Assault on the Imaginal Realm

Annie Le Brun

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A powerful critique of the increasing mechanization and homogenization of modern life

• Shows how the constant force-feeding of too much information dispossesses us of our deepest connections

• Describes a link between the destruction of the environment with the assault on our individuality, creativity, and ability to think for ourselves

What underlies the many problems of the modern world--from accelerating rates of extinction and desertification to the increased alienation of the individual--is a reality overload, an increasingly invasive mechanization and homogenization of modern life that glorifies consumption and conformity. This overload has been created from the constant force-feeding of too much information, a phenomenon that dispossesses us of our deepest connections to time, our physical world, and each other.

Annie Le Brun explains that the degradation of the environment mirrors the devastation going on in our minds revealing a link between genetically modified foods and the transformation and decay of our language and communication. There is a direct relationship between the rupture of the great biological balances that govern the planet and the equally devastating rupture in our imaginal realm. The imaginal realm is the home of our dreams and the perceptions that feed our thoughts, individuality, and creativity. Without its influence we are forced to live a drab, alienated lifestyle based on consumption alone. If, as Shakespeare claims, “we are such stuff as dreams are made on,” this theft of our imagination by the reality overload threatens the very foundations of our existence.


Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 240
Erscheinungsdatum 01.11.2008
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-59477-244-3
Verlag Simon & Schuster N.Y.
Maße (L/B/H) 22.1/15/2 cm
Gewicht 390 g


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  • Translator’s Foreword

    Annie Le Brun, Ecologist of the Imaginal Realm


    Part One

    1 The Network Prison

    2 The Devaluation of Dream

    3 Light Pollution

    4 The Sterile Horizon

    5 Reconditioning Culture

    6 A Widespread Twisting Around

    7 The Word as False Witness

    8 A Language of Synthesis

    9 Where Is the Metaphor?

    Part Two

    10 Poetic Outrageousness

    11 A New Order of Promiscuity

    12 The Rejection of the Negative

    13 Virtual Positivities and Negativities

    14 The Rationality of Inconsistency

    15 Relative Absolutes

    16 Subtractive Aesthetic

    17 Sensorial Climate Control

    18 Religiosity Running Wild

    Part Three

    19 Unisex Eroticism

    20 S/M, or Sexual Role-Playing

    21 Corporeal Illiteracy and Genetically Modified Learning

    22 Educated Vandalism and Bodybuilding

    23 Concrete Dematerialization

    24 The Virtual or Duplicated World

    25 Cultural and Biological Sterilization


    The Theory Overload