Wish I Were Here

Boredom and the Interface

By (author) Mark Kingwell
Categories: Philosophy
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Hardcover : 9780773557123, 208 pages, April 2019

An urgent, timely, and political analysis of the boredom that dominates our everyday immersion in distracting technologies.

Description

An urgent, timely, and political analysis of the boredom that dominates our everyday immersion in distracting technologies. Are you bored of the endless scroll of your social media feed? If so, this book is the philosophical lifeline you have been waiting for. Written in accessible language that references both classical philosophers and contemporary critics, Wish I Were Here turns to philosophy for a cure to the widespread unease that something is amiss in modern waking life.

Reviews

"Addicted to your screens? Constantly scrolling in search of elusive mental stimulation or happiness? The University of Toronto philosophy professor and prolific author offers an antidote to our constant immersion in technology. " The Globe & Mail

"Wish I Were Here showcases Kingwell's renowned wit and style, and the book serves as an excellent read for anyone interested in philosophy, communication, or politics. " Canadian Journal of Communication

"Kingwell examines the sources and effects of boredom to highlight how we might create conditions for a richer and more meaningful life. Replete with subtle distinctions and arguments and references to literature, philosophy, and current events, this short book is nevertheless written in accessible, jargon-free language. Recommended. " Choice

"Kingwell constructs a vibrant argument with deep stakes. If we do not address our neoliberal boredom, including through regulating the Interface, we risk forfeiting selfhood and our sense of purpose. 'We can truly find ourselves again in boredom,' Kingwell writes. 'We can discover what we temporarily lost, that is, knowing what to do with ourselves. '" The Brooklyn Rail