The Authenticity Hoax

The Authenticity Hoax

How We Get Lost Finding Ourselves

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One of Canada's hippest, smartest cultural critics takes on the West's defining value.

We live in a world increasingly dominated by the fake, the prepackaged, the artificial: fast food, scripted reality TV shows, Facebook "friends," and fraudulent memoirs. But people everywhere are demanding the exact opposite, heralding "authenticity" as the cure for isolated individualism and shallow consumerism. Restaurants promote the authenticity of their cuisine, while condo developers promote authentic loft living and book reviewers regularly praise the authenticity of a new writer's voice.

International bestselling author Andrew Potter brilliantly unpacks our modern obsession with authenticity. In this perceptive and thought-provoking blend of pop culture, history, and philosophy, he finds that far from serving as a refuge from modern living, the search for authenticity often creates the very problems it's meant to solve.
Copyright Date: Toronto :, McClelland & Stewart,, c2010
ISBN: 9780771071058
Branch Call Number: 306 POT NVD
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 24 cm


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Kirbs Jul 21, 2011

When "baubles" become far more alluring that basic elements are lost, and the unreal masks as the real — a form of "meta-bullshit" where we may desire the authentic, but have more information as to what it is not than what it is. Valuable reading.

Feb 20, 2011

heady read, awesome good points.

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