Existentialism

What did Marshall McLuhan mean when he said ‘The medium is the message’?

It's the phrase all communication people love to quote - The Medium is the Message. But do you really know what McLuhan meant when he said this? In reality, his meaning was quite existential and incredibly fascinating, as explored below. McLuhan described technology as the 'inner trip'; the new Orientalism of the Western world. He saw… Continue reading What did Marshall McLuhan mean when he said ‘The medium is the message’?

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What’s the Meaning of Life?

A few years ago I read the now infamous book by Victor Frankl, 'Man's search for Meaning'. Frankl was himself a psychiatrist by trade, but he was also a survivor of the holocaust having spent 3 years of his life in various concentration camps. Frankl's book is about his experiences in such camps and of his… Continue reading What’s the Meaning of Life?

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What is Existentialism?

This entire blog is dedicated to 'avant-garde existentialism', so it makes sense that I should write a blog post that explains what this actually means. In a nutshell, existentialism is a philosophical inquiry into human existence. Specifically, it is the questioning of our being, as everything we know (or think we know), about ourselves and our so-called 'identity',… Continue reading What is Existentialism?

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Jim Carrey: awake, but not quite Zen

In recent years, and especially on noticeable occasions throughout 2017, Jim Carrey has caused quite a stir with the remarks he has made in interviews regarding his identity and the meaning of life. For example: When he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel in May 2017 , Jim made the statement "Don't get me wrong. Jim Carrey is… Continue reading Jim Carrey: awake, but not quite Zen

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The Existentialism of RPM

I find myself, usually around three times a week, joining the group fitness class otherwise known as 'RPM', which I'm told stands for 'revolutions (or rotations) per minute', and involves a stationary bike along with an instructor, 7 musical tracks and around 30 other people. I attend my University gym and have been going to… Continue reading The Existentialism of RPM